It’s every middle-class family’s worst nightmare: their well-behaved teen, who spends her free time tinkering alongside her loving grandpa, dreams of going into engineering. Horrors!
Actually, that could make a funny satire. But Sudoku Fever isn’t satire. This locally made attempted dramedy is as genuine a play as you will see at fringe. It’s also awful.
Blame the rambling, pointless script, which forces the generally able actors to stand around a clunky set for an hour, yapping about nothing. There’s that inane conflict (engineering? Really?) and a plot "twist" so obvious you want to scream it from your seat while the characters blather on, oblivious to the extremely obvious thing that’s about to occur in 30 minutes.
There are also attempts at humour slightly sharper than a wooden spoon, involving Sudoku metaphors for bathroom activities, and a crisis that confronts a cutting-edge question: can women do men’s jobs? I dunno, but I do wish soldiering through this dreck had been a man’s job.
— Melissa Martin
From the official Fringe Festival guide:
George escapes to the family’s unique Sudoku room whenever he feels he is suffocating from the overwhelming presence of the three generations of women with whom he lives. This frustrates the women because they also want to use it!
The play has a wry sense of humour that will appeal to the whole family.
MTC Up the Alley (Venue 2), to Sunday
Discount Tickets: $6 for Seniors, Kids (12 & under)
Under 3 not admitted.