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States of Shock: A Vaudeville Nightmare
The first half of this Winnipeg production is a slog, but there’s a payoff.
Billed as a comedy, the 75-minute antiwar drama by Sam Shepard opens with a bombastic colonel (Harry Nelken) arriving at a diner with a damaged soldier named Stubbs, who was present when the colonel’s son was killed in the first Gulf War.
Greeted by the world’s worst waitress, they’re seated near a couple whose complaints that the slow service is keeping them from shopping prompt Stubbs to shout, “My thing hangs like dead meat!”
The exit beckons. But the show is revived with a bout of public masturbation — onstage, thankfully — and a shocking episode of violence. A final revelation is heavy-handed, but effective.
— Pat St. Germain
From the Fringe program:
An anniversary party dissolves into a grisly and hilarious battlefield as old wounds of war, sex and family betrayal are ripped open.
From the company who brought you "Under the Glacier", "Fool for Love" and "Mary Rose".
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 75 min
Under 12 not admitted.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Gunshots
Updated on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 3:33 PM CDT: