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Fringe Show Reviews

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Celebrity Cult

Black Sheep Theatre / Ottawa

Posted: 07/17/2010 9:05 PM | Comments: 0

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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).

www.blacksheeptheatre.com

Warnings: Subject Matter,
RECOMMENDED: General Audience

60 min

Onstage at the Playhouse (Venue 4), to Sunday

Tickets: $10
Discount Tickets: $9 for First performance
Under 10 not admitted.

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