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In This House: Vices, Virtues and Vixens

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This drama of the sad fates of various prostitutes working at “the Dramatique” brothel is an absorbing story, but unevenly presented and somehow doesn’t pack the emotional wallop it should have.

Some of the actors don’t speak loudly enough, and others are too hesitant in their delivery, making their speech seem unnatural. The premise is also unlikely: A brothel disguised as a theatre company? Why do the characters rehearse scenes from plays that won’t actually be produced? And wouldn’t audiences start to wonder why no shows are ever... um... mounted?

Still, we are interested in what happens to Madame Magdalene (Renata Echtenkamp) and her controlling pimp Rudolph (well played by Ian Bastin). There is some realistic stage-fighting that elicited a few gasps from the audience and sexy clothes (purchased locally — they tell you where to buy them at the end of the show).

Like the profession it portrays, kind of rough. But still worth a fling.

 

— Janice Sawka

From the Fringe program:

In the fictional location of Crown City, a high-end brothel operating under the guise of a theatre company gets quite a shock when it's revealed that one of the girls is expecting. But, don't worry, they've dealt with this kind of thing before.

"Why can't a courtesan ever have a happy ending? God knows we give enough of them."

Yikes.

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