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Oh, That Wily Snake!

Concrete Drops, London, ON

Posted: 07/11/2011 6:10 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/17/2011 3:29 PM | Updates

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Canwest Centre for Theatre and Film (Venue 12), to Sunday

The "snake" in this 45-minute absurdist comedy from New York playwright-actor Martin Dockery refers to the treacherous serpent in the Bible who told Eve lies to compel her to partake of the forbidden fruit. But here, it’s Edmond (Dockery), a guy who brings his bed over to the apartment of the lovely, naive Edith (Vanessa Quesnelle) with the purpose of getting her on it. There’s just the issue of Edith’s 10-foot-tall Belgian boyfriend.

A 10-foot-boyfriend should be a signal that Dockery’s tale is surreal and dream-like, and sure enough, once Edmond gets Edith on the bed, they fly out the window, crash in a swamp, and Edmond convinces Edith to munch of the forbidden Brussel sprout.

Yep, it’s very much like a weird inexplicable quasi-nightmare of the type you might have if you read Genesis during a particularly painful breakup. But the actors deliver the weird dialogue as snappily as if they were doing Neil Simon. Gotta say, the cool dark ambience of the venue makes the dream feel more pleasant than intended.

— Randall King

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

A man, a woman, a bed and one terribly wild, fantastical ride.

 Creator of the 2009 hit Wanderlust:

"5 STARS Enthralling" - Adelaide Advertiser.

"A must-see!" - Vancouver Sun.

"Spectacularly good" - nytheatre.com.

"A tour de force" - Orlando Sentinel.

 And the 2010 hit The Bike Trip:

"Exuberant!" - London Beat.

"Energetic, remarkably beautiful" - High Times Magazine.

Edmonton hold-over, Winnipeg Best of Fest, Vancouver Pick of the Fringe, Adelaide (Australia) Critics Circle Award 2011

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 45 MIN

Tickets: $10

http://www.wilysnake.com/

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Updated on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM CDT: Adds review

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