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Snake Oil

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Silver-tongued salesman Sam Saginaw’s snake oil is the genuine article — guaranteed to cure what ails you and bring riches, vitality, love and eternal happiness besides.

The well-oiled Ottawa production penned by veteran fringe wordsmith Jayson McDonald is sure to please, with top-flight performances from Zach Counsil (Batboy: The Musical) and Hannah Gibson-Fraser as Sam’s mousey sidekick Rabbit.

Sam’s exhausting rapid-fire pitches are balanced by Rabbit’s deceptively simple interruptions, shadow-box parables and a back-story revelation that packs a nice wallop in an entertainment-value-packed 45 minutes — even if it is considerably less than the 75 minutes advertised.

— Pat St. Germain

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: Dave Dawson

 

Sam Saginaw isn't just selling you one hundred percent legitimate, bonafide, tried-and-true Snake Oil -- he's giving you, with every bottle, a guarantee of health, wealth, happiness, spiritual fulfilment, boundless love and wonder, existential comfort and an invitation to connect with the divine spark that drives the universe ever outward, to infinity, to eternity.

 

A new dark comedy from Fringe heavy-hitters playwright Jayson McDonald (*****) and director Dave Dawson (*****)

 

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 75 mins.

Warnings: Mild language

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