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FourPlay

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Everything you need to know about Dale Watts’ FourPlay can be gleaned from its title: pun-happy dad jokes abound in this hit-and-miss collection of four short plays.

The first three are almost identical in tone and pace. Hot Air and Cold Tofu has a cable-TV reporter (Arden Pruden) trying to get a usable quote from an eccentric environmentalist (Dave Pruden). Reading Between the Lies sees a double-speaking politician (Dave) go toe-to-toe with a left-wing activist (Jennifer Quinn) at a university forum. In His Next Failed Marriage, a thick-skulled chauvinist (Dave) seeks council from a bartender (Quinn). In all three, the woman is forced to patiently teach the man a Very Special Lesson about being a decent human being in exchanges that are more trying than funny.

The final sketch, however, is downright heartwarming. In ‘Til Deaf Do us Part (groan) Watts and Quinn play an elderly couple who are a little hard of hearing. But underneath the tired, misheard gags is a sweet little rumination on getting older and the tough choices that come along with it.

— Jen Zoratti

 

From the Fringe program:

In Hot Air and Cold Tofu, an opportunistic cable TV reporter interviews an eccentric environmentalist.

Reading Between the Lies features a right-wing, double-speaking politician who debates a left-wing activist in a university forum.

In His Next Failed Marriage, a middle-aged chauvinist is puzzled why his first marriage failed and second one is struggling.

'Til Deaf Do us Part features an elderly, hearing-impaired couple faced with giving up their farm life and moving to a retirement home.

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