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Party Worth Crashing
Shaw Performing Arts Centre (Venue 9), to Sunday
For everyone who could change the world, if only they could get out of bed: this show’s for you.
It may not be very flattering, however. In this ensemble musical, a young Edmonton troupe spins tunes by off-Broadway composers Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk into a 60-minute skewering of vapid youth-oriented consumer culture.
The gang’s all here: snooty rich girls and slackers, lovers and indiscriminate drinkers. At first, the songs are great for some laughs and a few deeper thoughts. But without a real story or even well-defined characters, the message quickly gets repetitive, and the show loses its spark.
Trimming even four songs would have made the show tighter and brighter. At least the appealing and energetic seven-member cast keeps the Party going: stage dynamo Molly Wilson is a soulful standout, and Corben Kushneryk is a comic riot as a shlubby slacker.
— Melissa Martin
From the official Fringe Festival program:
Young composers Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk breathe new life into the musical theatre genre with an edgy, funny and truthful new show about what it means to be twenty-something. So grab your friends and your red cup … we'll meet you at the party!
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 60 MIN
Discount Tickets: $9 for Students, Fringe performers
Under 12 not admitted.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language
Updated on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 4:56 PM CDT:
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