Star stalkers, drug-addled starlets and sex tapes: it sounds salacious, but in the end, Celebrity Cult just scratches the surface.
Penned by Ottawa actor Jayson McDonald, who also stars, this half-comedy studies the rise and fall of the world’s Lohans. That’s fertile ground for the show’s first half, which features a slew of energetic scenes and some solid laughs. It’s the other, unexpectedly dramatic half that brings it down.
Even in that funny first act, the actors — each playing one celeb, and one civilian — carry the material. The excellent McDonald and his vivacious co-star Meghan Brown milk every drop of entertainment out of a so-so script, but when the milk runs dry, even they can’t wring out more.
Despite some nice writing and acting, the sobering end plods on well after the material is exhausted. A letdown for the chair-shuffling audience; next time, guys, don’t try to philosophize.
— Melissa Martin
From the official Fringe Festival program:
From an anonymous speck of celestial dust to a blinding supernova of embarrassing behaviour, the rise and fall of our celebrities as seen through a telescope.
From the creator of Fall Fair (5 STARS), Boat Load (5 STARS) and Giant Invisible Robot (5 STARS), And the Director of She Rules With Iron Sticks (5 STARS).
Warnings: Subject Matter,
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
Onstage at the Playhouse (Venue 4), to Sunday
Discount Tickets: $9 for First performance
Under 10 not admitted.