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A clichéd script blights this fairly polished piece of community theatre about a redeemed workaholic.

Rude and bitter Jeremy Fast (Dave Pruden) is so obsessed with his computer business he has alienated his son and all but ended his marriage, until he is transformed by a heart attack, a hospital stay and an encounter with a wise old man.

It’s a worn-out formula, made worse by stale one-liners and hackneyed characters — the angry jerk who complains endlessly about his naggy ball-and-chain and his ne’er-do-well son who sleeps until noon.

It’s a simplistic reduction of modern life. It’s also oddly unbelievable — what woman would allow her husband to tell her she can’t work, and what nurse would put up with Jeremy’s relentless insults?

The able cast of six local amateur actors could shine with better material.

— Mary Agnes Welch

 

From the Fringe program:

An impatient, cynical, workaholic businessman, who experiences a mild heart attack brought on by stress and hypertension and is hospitalized for tests, learns to appreciate his estranged wife and son and to acknowledge his part in their collective relationship challenges, with the help of an older, wiser man.

Director: Dale Watts

Cast: Dave Pruden; Cheryl Gensiorek; Bluma Levine; Kelley Hirst; two more to follow

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $9 for Matinees, Students, Seniors, Fringe Performer

Under 13 not admitted.

Warnings: None

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