On the surface, the only thing elderly neighbours Charlie and Eddie have in common is a backyard fence.
Something of a rake in his younger years, Charlie is a gentle soul who stops to smell the roses. Eddie is a grouch with a garbage problem.
But don’t worry, this comedy from Toronto playwright-actor Rex Deverell is not another odd couple. Charlie (Deverell) and Eddie’s (Winnipeg stage veteran Harry Nelken) relationship is based only on proximity, a missing shovel and buried resentments that surface during a chance over-the-fence conversation.
A long-held secret is exposed amid the comic-poignant bluster that follows. Nelken gets the lion’s share of the laughs as Eddie rails against local gossips, recalls the happiest moment of his miserable life and continually gripes about those darn dogs and his purloined shovel.
But Deverell gets the last, best laugh with a silent punchline. The expression on Charlie’s face in the final moment of the play is a sublime revelation.
— Pat St. Germain
From the official Fringe Festival program:
Les Miserable Old Guys: A new play by the author of the 2007 Fringe hit Wild Magic.
Two furious old men square off over their back fence. They wage a funny, bittersweet curmudgeonly battle over a borrowed shovel, petty grievances and hidden secrets.
Playwright Rex Deverell performs with acclaimed Winnipeg actor Harry Nelken. Stefanie Wiens directs.
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
Venue#2 MTC Up the Alley 174 Market Ave (Entrance on John Hirsch Pl)
Discount Tickets: $8 for Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under)