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The Death Test
When newlyweds Decessus and Virtus declare that their love could overcome Death, Death takes it as a personal challenge. The result is a somewhat convoluted quest where bride must seek groom in Death’s realm.
The story unfolds and the narrative is passed from one character to another as Virtus receives aid from a guardian spirit and a powerful mentor who carries a mysterious staff called Manez.
This one-woman Winnipeg production has first-time fringe performer Makrenna Sterdan wearing numerous hats as writer, director, and actor as well as all eight characters. Her story has the feel of a Greek myth but lacks the transformative lesson that the hero or heroine must undergo as a result of the process. Still, Sterdan is an enthusiastic and versatile performer.
— Wendy Burke
From the Fringe program:
Newlyweds Decessus and Virtus said in their wedding vows that their love "is so strong, that not even Death could part them." Insulted, Death takes them up on the challenge. He takes Decessus to his realm, where Virtus cannot follow, to show them that nothing, not even love, is stronger than he is. Meanwhile, Virtus embarks on an extraordinary journey to save her husband, collecting some colourful and unexpected companions along the way.
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 60 min