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Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Rope

star star star star star star star star star star   Free Press Rating

star star star star star star star star star star   Average Reader Rating

Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s movie of the same name (itself based on a play), Rope is the story is of two men who strangle an old school friend just because they can. They then hide his body in a trunk and serve dinner off it to their guests at a cocktail party.

In its 1948 review of the film, the New York Times lamented that “the yarn, by the nature of its writing, is largely actionless.” That’s felt strongly in this handsome, professional but static production; there’s a compulsion to yell out, “He’s in the trunk!” to move things along.

Flaws here are largely the fault of the dated source material, which simply isn’t suspenseful or macabre enough for modern audiences.

The dialogue isn’t as witty as it thinks it is, but in any case, the nine members of the local cast fail to capture the requisite rhythm of riposte, nor do they project loudly enough (Talia Pura and Darcy Fehr are notable exceptions; Joshua Banman has his moments as the smooth, smiling psychopath who masterminds the crime).

— Jill Wilson

From the Fringe program:

The company that mounted the Fringe hit Orphans (5 Stars - CBC, 4 ½ Stars - Winnipeg Free Press) would like to invite you to a dinner party. Your hosts are two charming young men with a refined taste for music, literature and homicide.

Join the victim's family and friends as they unwittingly dine off the dead man's coffin and find yourself conspiring with murderers in this adaptation of Hitchcock's classic film. Rope will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat.

Director: Thomas Toles

Cast: Darcy Fehr, Joshua Banman, Kevin Ramberran, Talia Pura, Robert Smith, Caitlin Belton, Daniel Chen, Sarah Putnam, Daniel Tompkins

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 90 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 for Students

Warnings: Subject Matter, Gunshots

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