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SKIN DEEP

Magic of One Productions / Winnipeg, MB

Posted: 07/13/2009 3:50 PM | Comments: 0

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This one is for all you fringers who want more talk, less rock.

Skin Deep is as simple a performance as a fringe show can get: just three speakers, a bare-bones amplifier, and a pair of musicians who bracket each tale with a mystical, musical palate cleanser.

But top Manitoban storytellers Mary Louise Chown, Tom Roche and Kay Stone (who performed a top-reviewed show at last year’s fringe) don’t need gimmicks to grip their audiences.

The theme for this year’s story collection is transformation, and the trio delves into it using seven tales. Among others, there’s an Arctic legend about a skeleton-woman, a story about a mother-daughter team of shapeshifters and a shot of Japanese folklore.

Fans of pure oral tradition will enjoy the tale-spinning, which is subtle, sensual, and intimate. But with Skin Deep clocking in at a full 75 minutes, those with shorter attention spans should probably take a pass.

— Melissa Martin
 

From the official Fringe Festival program:
 

Last year's 41/2 star storytellers are back with more tales and music about the erotic surface and fearful depth of our human nature. It’s skinny and it's deep. We will hold you in the palm of our hands and give you no quarter!

"This is the place to come and see master story-weavers at work." - Winnipeg Free Press 2008

www.magicofonestories.com
RECOMMENDED: General Audience

75 min.

Venue#21 Aqua Books 274 Garry St. (2nd Floor)

Tickets: $9
Discount Tickets: $7 for Students, Seniors
Under 10 not admitted.

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