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This article was published 19/7/2009 (2803 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
You know that feeling of disappointment when someone serves you their homemade version of one of your favourite treats, but when you take a bite, it’s obvious they left out a couple of key ingredients?
Well, that’s what you get with this serving of Cookies. A first stab at stage romance by local writer Katie Man, this mismixed concoction focuses on a young married couple, Artemus and Charlotte (Garrett Hnatiuk, Katherine Leithead), whose struggle to keep love alive while keeping a failing bakery in business takes a weird turn when a mysterious stranger named Bucky (John Landreville) invades their home and their life.
It soon becomes clear that Bucky isn’t just a thief committing a random break-in; instead, he’s a guy with deep connections to their story. He brings with him a bit of information (several shocking bits, actually) that will fill in the blanks in Art’s family history but will likely tear his grown-up life to pieces.
It’s convoluted and lacking in any sort of narrative balance, and the characters — despite the young cast’s best efforts — careen back and forth across the emotional/sexual landscape in a manner that quickly leaves them with without a shred of believability.
All one’s left with is a bad taste.
From the official Fringe program:
Raised in the same orphanage, Artemus and Bucky were reunited as adults. Now, fresh off a failed mission Bucky returns to Art’s Bakery with the first of several big secrets: they are cousins… and brothers.
Cookies and Milk is the neck-snapping, allergy-inducing tender tale of a spy, a baker and a baker’s wife.
Need family? Get some!
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language,
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
Venue#3 The Playhouse Studio 180 Market Ave (Entrance on Main St)
Discount Tickets: $7 for Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under), Fringe performers