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The Particulars

Pyretic Productions Edmonton, AB

Posted: 07/17/2010 5:39 PM | Comments: 0

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Gordon is a detail-oriented man living the kind of solitary existence in which any and all social interaction is exhaustively planned to give the impression of Joe Lunchpail normalcy.

His routine includes exhaustively considered hockey small talk and he even employs a cleaning guy to supply him with appropriate inter-office porn to share with his co-workers. His purpose is to minimize, if not outright abort, any possibility of meaningful human contact.

Written by Alberta’s Matthew MacKenzie, this Edmonton production is an excellent showcase for Winnipeg actor Simon Bracken, who sensitively and succinctly delineates Gordon’s tragi-comic solitary existence. Bracken tells Gordon’s story in third person, while physically acting out the breakdown of the character’s veneer of normalcy over the course of a week in which a mysterious, scratching household pest has invaded his tidy home. It adds up to quality fringe.

— Randall King

From the official Fringe Festival guide:

A Top Pick of the Edmonton Fringe ’08, voted runner-up for Best of the Montreal Fringe ’08, and received its French premiere at the Cafour International Theatre Festival in Québec City last summer, The Particulars is the frighteningly funny story of one insomniac’s struggle to maintain a daily routine in the face of a home invasion.


Warnings: Subject Matter, Nudity,
RECOMMENDED:
Mature Audience

60 min

Canwest Performing Arts Centre (Venue 9), to Saturday

Tickets: $10
Under 12 not admitted.

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