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There’s lots to like in this blackish, airborne comedy that sees a couple’s long-overdue vacation nose-dive into an existential fantasy about parenthood.

Written and directed by Winnipeg comedian Andrew Lizotte, it features a superb, six-member cast — including one character who speaks volumes despite having no lines and having his head covered by a suitcase for most of the hour.

Steven is a stressed-out businessman and ambivalent father (he knows his son is between five and eight) who would argue that every parent secretly shares his dream of flying off into the sunset without their needy, demanding offspring. His conscience shows up in the form of a tall, dark “creepy stranger” who speaks in Buddhist aphorisms, and in flash-forwards about the possible consequences of making a parental getaway.

An otherwise enjoyable flight gets blown off course when the script blurs the line between reality and dream.

— Carolin Vesely

 

From the Fringe program:

From most of the people who brought you Rogue Cop.

Stephen is a family man in the midst of a midlife crisis. While flying to the tropical island of San Marcos on vacation, he convinces his wife Carol to leave their child on the plane when it lands. Will Stephen and Carol finally regain control of their lives?!

The Getaway is a look at what it means to be a parent in the style of Samuel Beckett and The Marx Brothers.

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 60 min

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Language, Strobe Lights

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