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Little Red

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This trippy, gothic fairy tale, inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, shape-shifts before your eyes.

In the beginning, you’d think it would be great for kids (OK, minus that downer story of the last boy alive on Earth). As things darken, it seems more like something for the teen Twilight crowd. And then..?

The program doesn’t list the actors’ roles, which is too bad, because the performers playing the innocent perky little girl and her jaded, bitter mother were great.

The set decoration also added nicely to the sinister atmosphere and managed to create a dim, candlelit cottage and a cornfield in a small space. But things were somewhat derailed by some odd plot developments and a sudden ending. The show was trying for an unsettling, unclear vibe, and it largely succeeded, but “unclear” and “unfinished” are two very different things, the latter being an impression you don’t want to leave with your audience.

— Janice Sawka

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: Frances Koncan
Cast: Kristen Einarson, Victoria Hill, Justin Otto, Eric Rae, Elizabeth Whitbread

Little Red must deliver a basket to her Grandmother, but unknown forces are conspiring to hold her back.

Inspired by an exploration of fairy tales and folk tales and set in an unknown time and uncertain place, her journey unfolds in fragments through text, music, imagery and movement. Little Red was developed in collaboration with artists and designers in London, New York and Winnipeg, and was the recipient of the 2014 Himan Brown Award in Playwriting in Brooklyn, NY.

Audience Classification: Mature

Length: 60 mins.
Tickets: $10Door Discount: $8 for Matinees, Students, Seniors, Weekday Matinee, Equity Members, Fringe Performers

Warnings: Herbal Cigarettes, Coarse Language, Sexual Content

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