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The title piece from this four-pack of John Guare one-acts is the least interesting but the others show off the prominent American playwright’s subversive comic flare.
Guare (Six Degrees of Separation, House of Blue Leaves) is at his best in New York Actor, a playlet about a gaggle of self-absorbed performers getting together at a watering hole decorated with the posters of momentous flops. They bitch about everything from getting a toe in a TV commercial, terminal likability, critics (which one shamelessly sucks up to in the bar), and the excitement of landing a pivotal role as Richard Nixon’s hairdresser. Guare offers a solution to many cash-strapped theatres — let patrons in to see their shows for free but make them pay to get out.
Also funny is A Day for Surprises, about one of the marble lions sitting in front of the New York Public Library coming to life and eating a librarian. She was engaged to another librarian who details the torrid affair they carried on in the stacks on a bed made out of photocopies of Elizabethan love lyrics.
The Winnipeg troupe is up to the challenge of the Guare works, most notably Curtis Moore, and entertain throughout their 75 minutes.
— Kevin Prokosh
From the Fringe program:
We'll Do It Live leaps onto the Fringe scene with a series of short plays written by Tony Award-winning playwright, John Guare.
Zany, absurdist and unpredictable, Kissing Sweet is a journey through the bustling streets of New York where every turn is full of surprises. Stone lions spring to life, aerosol sprays pollute the air, actors salute the flops and unlikely love occurs every Sunday afternoon.
Beware the blue rifle.
Director: Kelly Jenken and Paul Duncan
Cast: Megan Andres, Paul Duncan, Natashia Durand, Gary Jarvis, Kelly Jenken, Liz Madden, Curtis Moore, and Michael Strickland
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 75 mins.
Updated on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 1:49 PM CDT: