Winnipeg playwright Mike Seccombe is utilizing his festival spot as a personal therapy session.
Lunatic Fringe is his banal revenge play, an unsuccessful dramatist’s wet dream to exact retribution from that cultural bogeyman, the theatre critic. Seccombe’s target in his two-handed black comedy is reviewer Curtis Black, who is as verbose in his criticism of Mickey Tanner’s works as he is stingy in assigning them stars.
Seccombe artificially makes Black hissable by having him walk out of Tanner’s new play after only 15 minutes and punctuates his pan with one star. As much as Seccombe wants to put critics in the worst light, any professional who did that would rightfully lose his or her job.
Tanner, performed by Seccombe, kidnaps Black and demands a five-star review in exchange for his freedom. Black, played by Karl Eckstrand, naturally gets his comeuppance and Seccombe gets his wish fulfilment. While it is tempting to side with Black and apply one star, Lunatic Fringe does make its simple-minded point.
— Kevin Prokosh
From the official Fringe Festival program:
Mickey Tanner, aspiring playwright, has just premiered his personal masterpiece. Curtis Black, professional entertainment critic, has just walked out on Mickey's masterpiece after fifteen minutes. Mickey has a gun. Now, all bets are off.
A decidedly black comedy about creativity, criticism, clashing egos and the power of the press.
Not for the faint of heart.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Gunshots,
Venue#7 The Conservatory 211 Bannatyne Ave (Crocus Bldg.)
Discount Tickets: $6 for Matinees, Anybody wearing handcuffs
Under 12 not admitted.