Winnipegger Bill Pats’s tough-as-nails one-man show was inspired by a 2013 Angus Reid poll suggesting 63 per cent of Canadians would support a return to the death penalty. Pats offers a thoughtful what-if scenario set in the year 2030 in which a majority Conservative government has facilitated the first government-sanctioned execution in nearly 80 years, the dubious honour going to Daryl Kane, a one-time line cook transformed by an insane penitentiary experience into a violent monster.
In its running time of around 50 minutes, Pats plays multiple characters, including Kane, one of his surviving victims and an expert on execution from the Alabama penal system drafted to lend his expertise to Canadian novitiates.
It makes for a serious hard-boiled drama designed to spark meaningful dialogue on the issue and provide a solid "No" to Kane’s oft-repeated rhetorical question: "It’s fun to kill somebody, isn’t it?"
— Randall King