The nice guy never gets the girl.
It’s true in Harlequin romances and it’s true in this comedy-drama from the Edmonton company No Snowcones. Playwright Michael Davidson plays Zippeal, the nice guy who has played best friend to the tempestuous Rose (Katie Fournell) since grade school. (The closest they get to sexual intimacy is when Rose shows her affection by kneeing Zip in the groin.) But there comes a time when "best friends" is not enough.
The actors are appealing but the play, like the relationship at its core, is stuck in the middle of the road. The comedy is never as funny nor the drama as moving as intended.
A word to performers: If you perform scenes on the floor on the teensy stage of the Conservatory venue, that means you’ll be out of the sightline of about 85 per cent of your audience. Just saying.
— Randall King
From the official Fringe Festival program:
Two lovers seem perfect for each other but it might take them their entire lives to figure it out.
From the mind behind Edmonton Fringe sell-out @Life, which won 2nd pick of the Fringe by audience vote. One hour of non-stop laughs, except when you cry, possibly from laughing.
"Michael Davidson is a young Chris Craddock".
"Witty and fast-paced, start to finish!"
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language,
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
The Conservatory (Venue 7), to Saturday