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The Melancholy Follies of Clarence and Desolita

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The opening announcement that this production’s puppets did not survive the journey from Toronto seemed, at the time, a tragedy. But in hindsight, it’s a great way to set the tone for this amusing — if macabre — comedy.

Talented actors Nicole Ascroft and Sean Michael make great use of audience participation to keep the laughs rolling. The game of Fatal Illness Charades could stand alone, but it doesn’t need to as the two clowns — dressed in black, with ghoulish makeup, a stark contrast to their cheery red clown noses — have lots of tricks up their sleeves (not to mention streamers of blood up there, too.)

The extended suicide scene (performed to music from Carmen) makes for a triumphant finish, but Michael even manages to top that with the simple act of cleaning up the stage.

— Julie Carl

From the Fringe program:

Clarence and Desolita find their fun in the grim and macabre. With funerals, staged suicide, dark rituals of the occult, possessed puppets and perilous breakfast cereal, Desolita and Clarence revel and luxuriate in the dark, spooky, sorrowful corners of the human condition. Combining clown and puppetry with a striking visual aesthetic, a dark sense of humour and a sweetly pulpy, pulsating heart, Follies leaves audiences stark raving mad for Clarence and Desolita!

Cast: Nicole Ascroft, Sean Michael

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Under 10 not admitted.

Warnings: None

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