What if Satan struck a bet with Jesus that he could survive as a human in an ordinary Winnipeg neighbourhood, and not employ any of his evil powers?
The local Christian troupe Crosseyed Rascals — usually seen doing clean improv — has used that premise to collectively create a five-person scripted comedy that generates some amusing sympathy for the devil. Tim Webster has hammy fun as the glowering Beelzebub, who gets a job as a telemarketer and thinks a "housewarming" means torching a neighbour’s place. Felicia Perron is appealing as the sunny-natured Mennonite next door, Lucy Fehr (get it?), who’s been raised to love her neighbour. Scott Plett injects great manic energy as a devilishy bratty little boy.
The show has cheap production values — J.C.’s wig is a sin — and a community-theatre flavour with often-slack pacing. A running gag about Satan comprehending Star Wars is cute, but the show is thin on big laughs, feels long at an hour and has a fizzle-out ending.
— Alison Mayes
From the official Fringe Festival program:
"Wanna bet?" has never been such a dangerous statement.
Making a wager with Jesus, the Devil is flung headfirst into life as a human. The catch? He's gotta live by the Big Guy's rules.
It seems simple enough ... until angelic Lucy Fehr knocks on his door.
So who’s the devil now?
A devilish new play from Winnipeg’s clean edge of comedy.
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
Rachel Browne Theatre (Venue 8), to Sunday
Discount Tickets: $7 for Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under)