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Good People Bad Things
Don’t let the first few minutes of Winnipeg activist and fringe fave Daniel Thau-Eleff’s latest one-hander turn you off. He begins with his trademark earnestness, burdened and burned out by his own self-righteousness.
After that, Thau-Eleff weaves a tale that darts between his friends’ increasingly abusive marriage, his own struggles as a Jewish activist for Palestinian human rights, and a surprisingly nuanced portrait of Adolf Eichmann, the iconic cog in the wheel of the Nazi’s Final Solution. It all ties up tightly, with slow violence.
This is Thau-Eleff’s third Fringe outing. It’s ambitious, political, intense and mature in structure. And, it’s fringey — all big ideas and no set. It’s also a bit of a lesson in history, which can eclipse Thau-Eleff’s natural, nerdy magnetism. He isn’t always pondering the origins of evil. Sometimes he’s listening awkwardly to his friends having sex in the other room or downing triple vodkas in the Via lounge like the rest of us. I wanted a smidge more Daniel for leavening, and a little less lecture.
— Mary Agnes Welch
From the Fringe program:
Playwright and activist Daniel Thau-Eleff reflects on the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and his encounter with a couple whose relationship becomes abusive. Why do good people do bad things?
Director: Chris Gerrard-Pinker
Cast: Daniel Thau-Eleff
"Part storytelling, part political rant, with a dash of stand-up comedy… jam-packed with big ideas." - CBC
From the Harry Rintoul award-winning writer of King's Park, Remember the Night and Three Ring Circus.
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 75 mins.
Warnings: Subject Matter
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