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G-Men Defectives

Tangelico / Ottawa

Posted: 07/18/2010 2:12 PM | Comments: 0

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This 45-minute madcap comedy from our nation’s capital is about hapless wannabe federal agents. Coincidence?

Very likely, yes.

Ottawa’s Ray Besharah and Sterling Lynch are Marmaduke and Garfield, self-styled Commie-fighting G-men with credentials from an entry form in the back of a comic book. They take to the stage intent on teaching the audience "recruits" how to recognize Communists with dubious observations such as: "When they look in mirrors, Commies don’t have reflections."

The pair supply their own cool G-men action montage and play well together, when they’re not squabbling with their tech, or when one isn’t assailing the other’s masculinity ("Cut the waterworks, Mary!") or when they’re not offering up quotable quotes from Adolph Hitler.

With dialogue every bit as snappy as their G-men suits-and-slacks, Besharah and Lynch make political paranoia fun again.

— Randall King

From the official Fringe Festival guide:

The threat of communist infiltration is ever present, especially in Winnipeg. Two silly, salty G-Men – Garfield and Marmaduke – train audiences in the art of commie hunting.

4 STARS - Global TV, Edmonton

"Easy to enjoy" - NYTheatre.com

"Often terribly clichéd and verging on bad taste, these two are irresistibly energetic performers" - Ottawa Sun

www.GMenDefectives.com

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language,
RECOMMENDED: Mature Audience
 

Tickets: $10
Under 8 not admitted.

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