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The Last Man on Earth

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Although it’s a live-action silent movie, The Last Man on Earth will make a lot of noise at this year’s festival.

There are no words to describe the vintage charm and skill on display in this throwback family drama accompanied by pianist David Atkinson, who puts on a pretty impressive show himself at his onstage upright.

Toronto’s Keystone Theatre stages an epic battle between good, an innocent named Gormless Joe (Phil Rickaby), and evil, represented by the devil (Stephen LaFrenie) and his not-so-bad bat-like minion (Sarah Joy Bennett). The prize is the comely Penelope (Miranda Calderon), who sells pies.

While the entire cast is strong, Bennett steals the show as the sidekick with the oversized ears and under-appreciated job. When the devil swipes her piece of cake, she forlornly takes the pointy end of her birthday hat and pushes it against her broken heart.

-Kevin Prokosh

This review was based on a performance at the Toronto or Montreal Fringe Fest.

From the Fringe program:

The Devil and his minion plot to corrupt the last vestige of innocence on earth. Underdog Gormless Joe must play the hero or lose everything, including his one chance at love.

Award-winning Keystone Theatre brings a new play in the style of a silent film to the stage.

 

"The performers are brilliant. The Last Man on Earth is art, pure and simple." - Gary Smith, The Hamilton Spectator

 

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 min

Tickets: $10

 

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