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It's Raining in Barcelona

Bundle of JOY Productions / Saskatoon

Posted: 07/13/2010 9:53 PM | Comments: 0

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An uneducated girl trapped in the life of a prostitute, a self-loathing pimp trapped in a cycle of abuse, and an emotionally stunted client waiting for his wife to die: this is one intriguing vision of hell, 21st-century style.

Award-winning Catalonian playwright Pau Miró can’t quite make us all abandon hope in this complex drama about love and art — there is some humour on this bleak set consisting of a bed, a chair, a minibar and a box of candy-wrapper poetry. The tension slowly builds as Lali (Leora Joy Godden) broadens her world through literature and art, and starts to yearn to be a "normal: girl.

Some strong performances from this Saskatchewan-based troupe, particularly co-producers Jeffrey Pufahl (Carlos the pimp) and Godden, though Alan Long’s blandly sinister client needs more of an edge to ratchet up the tension.

— Margo Goodhand

From the official Fringe Festival guide:

A prostitute interested in Dante who seeks clients in museums. A pimp obsessed with cheeseburgers and chocolates. A client who, every night, wishes for his wife’s death.

This Canadian premiere, by award-winning Catalonian playwright Pau Miró, depicts the fragile and bizarre triangle of three desperate characters. Starring Jeffrey Pufahl (Caberlesque!, Prairie Salt), Leora Joy Godden and Alan Long.

www.raininginbarcelona.com

Warnings: Subject Matter, Partial nudity
RECOMMENDED:
General Audience

60 min

MTC Mainstage (Venue 1), to July 25

Tickets: $10
Under 14 not admitted.


 

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