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Better Than Bong Water

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For all the talk about drug-dealing, rolling joints and water pipe mishaps, Erin Essery’s Better Than Bong Water fails to produce much of a buzz.

The major conflict in this 45-minute low-life drama is between a small-time weed-slinger named Mary (played by Essery) and a rival who has stolen her stash and then pays her a threatening visit with a gun. She proves no pushover, but a surprising bad-ass. She stabs the gunman with a fork in the thigh and after he flees, Mary vows to get out of the business.

Of a little more interest are some of the other characters hanging in Mary’s basement apartment laden with empty beer cans. Cold-blooded Dave (Kevin P. Gabel) is just using Jane (Kaeleigh Ayre) for booty calls. When he cruelly tells her she doesn’t mean a thing to him, she spins out and cuts herself, saying, “Sometimes I like the pain; it makes me feel better.”

The acting is competent but the stock storyline told in Better Than Bong Water doesn’t end so much as stop.

— Kevin Prokosh

From the Fringe program:

A comedy about three friends who survive an eventful evening that includes gunplay, cutting and some very badly mixed cocktails.

Mary's life takes a twist when she moves into someone else's territory, bringing her insecure friend and callous roommate along for the ride. Better Than Bong Water is sure to have you laughing and thinking twice about who you buzz in.

Smoke 'em if you've got 'em! It's gonna be a bumpy ride!

Director: Curtis Moore

Cast: Erin Essery, Kevin Gable, Kaeleigh Ayre

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $8

Discount Tickets: $7 for Students, Equity

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language

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Updated on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 2:36 PM CDT:
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