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Scarlet Woman

SunsetGun Productions, Minneapolis, MN / New York, NY

Posted: 07/8/2011 9:30 AM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/15/2011 2:07 PM | Updates

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Rachel Browne Theatre (Venue 8), to July 24

Spoofing the film noir thriller is a well-mined genre on its own. You wonder how there could possibly be more gold to find.

But Scarlet Woman, written by Matthew Wells, is a sparkling gem. Look for clever writing in a plot with more twists than any Maltese Falcon wannabe could contain, along with two talented actresses, Candy Simmons and Brittany Parker, who never miss a step as they disappear into 12 separate characters. A jacket, a scarf, a shift in posture, and voilà, another emerges.

Their black and white costumes stay true to the film noir genre, while the dashes of red remind us of the very serious bloodletting going on. The lines come as fast and furious as the costume and character changes. This is witty stuff. It’s very, very funny, but it never disrespects the genre by descending into silliness.

— Julie Carl

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

From the producers of the Fringe hit AfterLife, a film noir thriller.

One femme fatale. Two actresses. Twelve characters. And more dead bodies than the last scene of Hamlet. An homage to the dangerous Delilahs of noir.

"A well-developed romp … witty writing" – nytheatre.com

"A blast to watch," "a raving good time" - Audience Choice Award, FRIGID Fest New York

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 min.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $9 Students, Seniors

Warnings: Gunshots

http://www.sunsetgunproductions.com/

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Updated on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 2:07 PM CDT: Adds review

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