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Slaves of Starbucks

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A clever dark take on American depravity finds one man embodying a depressingly honest JFK, homicidal Wall Street brokers, tourists trying to “eat as much as we can before we die” and a Nazi-fixated Céline Dion.

Performer and playwright Peter Aterman has a honed gift for accents and mimicry, earning laughs from solid character work as well as his writing.

And this is a sharp script, with a deadpan story of a food-court castration as well as an inspired “Archie Comix as Fascist Allegory” lecture as clear standouts. But hammering away at one theme starts to drag during the 75-minute production, particularly given the easy targets materialistic Americans (and, let’s face it, Canadians) make.

A final lullaby on America’s Second World War sacrifices — keeping democratic capitalism’s horrific alternatives at bay — brings a tonal variety it would have been nice to see throughout the show.

— Matt TenBruggencate

From the Fringe program:

Director: Christopher Caines

Cast: Peter Aterman

Aztec priests on Wall Street, Microsoft in the Vatican and pop stars who mistake Andrew Lloyd Webber for Hitler - who knew the 20th century would have been such a scream? Slaves of Starbucks is a dazzling satire that serves up a savagely hilarious view of the decline of Europe and the rise of America.

Winner of five awards internationally.

"Jet-black comedy…ideas as resonant as dreams" - The Guardian

"Hysterical, wickedly funny…absolute genius" - The Scotsman

"Deadly dark satire at its best" - The List

Audience Classification: General

Length: 75 mins

Warnings: None

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