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Hockey Dad: A Play in 3 Periods

burnt thicket theatre / Calgary

Posted: 07/17/2010 9:46 PM | Comments: 0

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Todd Williams was born just as Paul Henderson scored the most famous goal in Canadian hockey history. Instead of being marked for greatness, Williams spent his youth failing miserably to live up to his father’s lofty goal of ice stardom.

When his daughter takes up hockey and wants him to skate in a parent-child game, Williams must stickhandle around his antipathy for the sport. That’s where we find him in the dingy dressing room, deciding whether he can don his old equipment and follow in his father’s footsteps and become an overbearing hockey dad himself.

The Stephen Waldschmidt and James Popoff script has some game but there is no big play potential. It tries hard, like Williams, to be loved for scoring the winning goal but shoots well wide.

Popoff gives a likable performance but Hockey Dad is overly padded (even with a running time 15 minutes less than its stated 75 minutes) with audience participation that should be get a whistle for delay of game.

— Kevin Prokosh

From the official Fringe Festival guide:

"Born the moment of Paul Henderson's goal - I was doomed..."

Todd Williams is living his own worst nightmare: his daughter's hooked on hockey and he's trapped in a rinkside dressing room with his childhood demons.

This interactive story of one man's turbulent return to the game his father loved will delight audiences of all ages (7+).

www.burntthicket.com

RECOMMENDED: Family Friendly

75 min

MTC Warehouse (Venue 6), to Saturday

Tickets: $10
Discount Tickets: $8 for Matinees, Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under), Fringe performers

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