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Spilling Family Secrets

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Sure to be a sentimental favourite with nostalgic romantics who pine to say “baby doll” or “my darling dearest,” this 40-ish minute monologue returns Vancouver’s Susan Freedman to her hometown of Winnipeg, where her parents exchanged 150 love letters from 1927 to 1937. Keeping their relationship on the down-low for a variety of reasons, Sam and Brownie’s notes are charming, corny, dirty and charged with an impossibly sweet affection. They’re the lofty standard against which Freedman measures her own troubled marriages.

Freedman’s a charismatic narrator whose years at the CBC show throughout. And while show only pushes so far into the lives of its lovers, it’s sweet, cute storytelling and a heartfelt tribute to an extraordinary partnership.

— Matt TenBruggencate

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: Rondel Reynoldson

 

Cast: Susan Freedman

 

At 11, I snooped into love letters my parents had written to each other in Winnipeg, beginning in 1927, when they were barely 19. I cringed with embarrassment. Today, can the letters spill secrets of their inspiring marriage - and shed light on my own marital misadventures?

 

This is Susan's fourth Fringe comedy, including 57 and Still Lying About My Weight:

 

"Freedman is mesmerizing" - SEE Edmonton

"Inspiring…funny" - Toronto Eye Weekly

"Pithy and hilarious" - Georgia Straight

 

Audience Classification: General

Length: 45 mins.

Warnings: None

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