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Death Farmer

YerStory, Winnipeg, MB

Posted: 07/7/2011 10:04 PM | Comments: 0

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MTC Warehouse (Venue 6), to Sunday

The title suggests an ’80s slasher movie, but the ill-named Death Farmer is a kitchen-sink drama by writer-director Eric Warwaruk examining the decline of the farm and the inexorable pull exerted on farmers’ kids towards urban life.

Sam (Quinn Greene) returns to his Manitoba family farm, but just in a lawyerly capacity, to get his mom to sign over the property to a buyer. He is haunted by the memories of his rancorous deceased dad (Frank Anthony) and is anxious about his failing relationship with a Wolseley earth mother (Aileen Audette).

The drama is conventional and exceeding earnest — two rare qualities in a fringe play — but it is performed with heart, with Anthony the standout as the short-fused father.

— Randall King

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

An ambitious law school graduate returns to the family farm he left years ago to help his elderly mother sell it. In the process, he deals with the memories of his deceased father, a hard man with whom he never saw eye to eye, and his ex-girlfriend, a free spirit who shared his soul but not his life ambitions.

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 MIN

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $7 Matinees, Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under)

Babes in arms permitted.

Warnings: Language, Strobe Lights

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