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Earth~Air~Earth

Bitter Pill Ensemble / Winnipeg, MB

Posted: 07/19/2009 2:10 PM | Comments: 0

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In 1930s pre-Nazi Germany, seven men meet in secret to discuss their strategy for preventing an unseen foe from unleashing his diabolical plan. One of them will soon…

You think this is one of those heavy, historical dramas, don’t you? Not quite. Let’s try again: A rabbi, a rocket scientist, and a politician walk into…

Sorry, but nothing is quite as it seems in this weird, 75-minute play (ah, so it’s a black comedy — which kinda turns into a horror movie) penned by Winnipeg playwright David Colvin, and populated by mostly middle-aged men.

The rabbi rocks, but otherwise the acting is rather wooden. And the script needs help. But kudos to the clever idea. And thanks for the sort-of history lesson. (Betcha can’t guess why our heroes’ pre-emptive strike calls for 300 pounds of wet clay.)

— Carolin Vesely
 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

Berlin, 1933. Seven men of diverse ages and ethnic ties are gathered together for a common goal: to strengthen their cause against an unseen foe.

This black comedy explores hatred, hope and redemption in equal parts…and hardly anyone mentions the shrieks emanating from the cellar, or the fetid smell of wet clay.

Warnings: Language,
RECOMMENDED: General Audience

75 min.

Venue#20 Studio 320 70 Albert Street (3rd Floor)

Tickets: $9

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