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Pizza Man

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Gen Y roommates Julie (Ava Darrach-Gagnon) and Alice (Jessina Cheffins) are having a bad day. Actually, they’re having bad lives, trapped in cycles of anger/denial as they lose jobs, are betrayed by their lovers and take turns numbing out with booze and food.

Together in Darlene Craviotto’s comedy they hatch a plan: rape a man! And, voilà, their troubles will be over. Enter unwitting pizza deliveryman Eddie (Matthew Stefanson), who resists their drunken charms while revealing a few closet skeletons of his own.

At its best, the 70-minute production is a timely, coming-of-age story that speaks to the need to let go of the past, mostly well acted by the trio of local thespians. At its worst, the play’s screwed premise that violence (“rape is for people who can’t get any on their own”) will make all the hurts go away is both dangerous and dumb. And its anti-feminist statements, gay-bashing jokes, topped by Eddie’s “solution” that the two unfulfilled women should simply become wives and mothers, made this reviewer numb.

— Holly Harris

From the Fringe program:

Director: Glenn Odero
Cast: Jessina Cheffins, Ava Darrach-Gagnon, Matthew Stefanson

Julie and Alice have had a bad day. Julie's boss made a pass at her and she said no, so her boss gave her the pink slip. Julie's roommate, Alice, has been dumped by her boyfriend and comes home in the midst of an eating frenzy. Julie then hatches a plan to get back at men, and plans to unleash her frustration and scheme on the unsuspecting pizza man.

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance
Length: 75 mins.
Tickets: $10

Warnings: Mild Language, Sexual Content

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