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It isn’t a compound title; rather, it’s two single-word names for two short-ish plays about unconnected subjects.

Television & Error features Brennan Hakes and Kayleigh Nicol as young marrieds whose struggling relationship is being undone by TV-fuelled indifference and passive-aggressive cruelty.

It is only occasionally engaging but has sparks of light humour provided by Daniel Grant and Sydney Wiebe as the embodiment of boob-tube nonsense.

Error finds an angel (Shaylyn Maharaj-Poliah) and a devil (Daniel J. Tompkins) arguing over who’ll get the soul of a man (Hakes) when his final few deathbed moments run out.

The porous logic of their debate makes the whole exercise rather limp, but Tompkins wrings a few laughs out of a less-than-divine situation.

— Brad Oswald

 

From the Fringe program:

Television: A snapshot of several years of a married life, from the pleasant beginnings to less fortunate times. All the while, the TV shows they rely on play out before them.

Error: The winner of the 2011 Cora McKenzie Award for Young Playwrights, this comedy shows what happens when two very different worlds collide. A clerical error causes two mysterious beings paths to cross, eventually leading to a battle of wits, then of ethical definitions, and finally violence.

Director: Daniel J. Tompkins

Cast: Brennan Hakes, Kayleigh Nichol, Daniel Grant, Sydney Wiebe, Daniel Tompkins, Shaylyn Maharaj-Poliah

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 45 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 for Students, Seniors

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language

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