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Fringe Show Reviews

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Little White Lies

Lesser Men Productions / Toronto, ON

Posted: 07/16/2009 5:05 PM | Comments: 0

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This coming-of-age tale examines the tug-of-war between family ties and self-discovery that often erupts on the journey to adulthood.

Gerry Buck, 18, is a budding actress/playwright who’s living in the shadow of her well-meaning but overbearing father, a local radio celebrity who she admits is an odd match for her aloof psychologist mother.

To cope with her own insecurities, Gerry often adopts fictional personas when encountering strangers — including the famous novelist she’s had a crush on since girlhood.

Toronto’s Amy Lester has the acting chops to carry this one-woman show, billed as a "tragic comedy about identity." The problem is that none of Gerry’s titular deceptions unearth enough emotional material to explain the familial estrangement that ultimately results.

That’s likely due to Cody Campanale’s promising, but unpolished script — and the fact that, at 19, Lester is still on her own journey.

— Carolin Vesely
 

From the official Fringe program:

Gerry, 18 years old, stands on an empty stage waiting for a family member, hoping they will come see her perform. We're told she hasn't spoken to her family in over a year.

Gerry retraces the events that led to an emotional climax that sent her on a long journey of self-discovery and ultimately to finding her own identity.

www.lessermen.ca

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language,
RECOMMENDED: General Audience

60 min.

Venue#11 Red River College 160 Princess Street

Tickets: $9
Discount Tickets: $8 for Students, Seniors,
Under 12 not admitted.
Babes in arms permitted.

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