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Now That Communism Is Dead, My Life Feels Empty

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Credit must be given to director Alison Majzels and actors Alison Vargo and Chris Sabel and for even attempting New York avant-garde playwright Richard Foreman’s short (under 45 minutes) but dense and baffling drama (which is about the way capitalists devour each other in the vacuum left by the fall of communism... or something.) Open-minded fringe-goers will be rewarded with some truly perplexing moments: a woman walking her boxed-up dog around the stage, a communist alien proudly waving a large red flag to name but two.

Special mention must be made of the disembodied PA voice whose non-sequiturs (“When the Messiah comes, bite hard. Bite really hard.”) are simultaneously comical and chilling. If you come to the fringe for challenging drama, then this could very well be for you.

— Ben Wiebe

From the Fringe program:

Director: Ashley Majzels
Cast: Alison Vargo, Chris Sabel

 

VOICE:

There will be no paradise here on earth, my friend. Please, stop dreaming of paradise, here on earth.

FREDDIE:

Christmas on earth — Christmas, Christmas!

FRED:

Stop talking like Christmas, please! I have no Christmas in my life, my friend — because my whole goddamn life feels empty, please.

 

An avant-garde classic from New York's Mind King.

From the director of Paradise Hotel, Bliss and Evildoers.

 

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance
Length: 45 mins.
Tickets: $10
Door Discount: $8 for At the Door

 

Warnings: Coarse Language

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