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Hockey Night at the Puck & Pickle Pub
Playwright Ryan Gladstone apologized before and after a performance of Hockey Night at the Puck & Pickle Pub for the fact that he and co-star Jon Paterson had not learned their lines. With good reason.
The pair stumbled badly through their portrayal of different pairs of hockey fans watching the 2014 Olympic hockey gold-medal game between Canada and Russia. Much of the problem was not knowing the order of the scenes. This would have deserved a major penalty and a game misconduct — walkouts — if this were not a play about hockey taking place in a real bar in front of a boisterous beer-guzzling crowd.
Hockey Night introduces familiar sets of hockey fans, from grizzled old-timers to geeky poolsters, Canadian and Russian friends and a couple on their first date. Much of the considerable humour was drawn from the game play-by-play and the prominent roles played by Jets players. The description of KHL-bound Alexander Burmistrov dropping to block a shot was met by hoots of derision and laughter, as was the announcement of Roberto Luongo as the starting goalie for Canada.
The good-natured Canadian jersey-wearing actors, who made light of their struggles through the 65-minute game, showed their classic Canuck grit and determination to rally against the formidable foe of unpreparedness. Even Don Cherry (who, strangely, doesn’t get a mention) would salute them as good Canadian boys.
— Kevin Prokosh
From the Fringe program:
Watch the 2014 Olympic Gold Medal hockey game, with fringe legends Jon (BoyGroove - 5 Stars, Letters in Wartime - 5 Stars) and Ryan (No Tweed Too Tight - 5 Stars, The Seven Lives of Louis Riel - 5 Stars) at the famous and fictional Puck & Pickle Pub, where the rituals are as strange as the characters are hilarious!
Cast: Jon Paterson, Ryan Gladstone
5 Stars "Wildly funny and wonderfully crafted" - CBC
5 Stars "Let's just say comic acting, doesn't get better than this" - NOW Magazine
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 60 mins.
Under 18 not admitted.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language
Updated on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 3:28 PM CDT: