Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
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
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
Updated on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 1:44 PM CDT: