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Murder and Other Trivialities

Murder and Other Trivialities

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Billed as “A play in 3 parts,” this comedy-drama concoction by local playwright/actor Gonzalo Riedel actually consists of three unrelated playlets, each in search of a larger context or cleaner resolution that might someday allow it to become a stand-alone work.

One deals with a nosy old codger’s scheme to turn a house-watching favour into a robbery/shakedown scheme when his drug-dealing neighbour goes out of town; the second involves a cop’s quick-witted grilling of a restaurant owner suspected of torching his own place; the last focuses on a cheating socialite’s poorly executed plan for a poison-laced dinner to make her a wealthy widow.

None is particularly complex, but fine performances by Riedel and castmates Colin Connor and Cynthia Wolfe-Nolin mine maximum fun from each scene.

— Brad Oswald

 

From the Fringe program:

A woman poisons her husband, who sputters and keels over but will not die. An old man strikes a deal with a drug dealer before attempting to steal his identity.

Despite their best efforts, people always screw up.

Perverse and funny, Murder and Other Trivialities is a double-feature about criminals and lowlifes, scumbags who put their own interests before all others, to hell with everyone else.

Director: Gonzalo Riedel

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $9

Discount Tickets: $8 for Matinees, Students, Seniors

Under 14 not admitted.

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Gunshots

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