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The Price of Admission

Jurasco Productions, Beausejour, MB

Posted: 07/11/2011 6:54 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/17/2011 2:35 PM | Updates

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Red River College (Venue 11), to Saturday

It’s no surprise that Wayne James, an organic farmer from Beausejour, has run for political office. The ponytailed 60-year-old would like to change the world to a less capitalist place that respects the environment, working people and aboriginals. He’s like a socialist preacher in the Tommy Douglas mould.

In his folksy, awkward, rambling one-man show, he talks about his rural upbringing and abhorrence of chemical farming, sings time-warped folk songs, recites an Aussie poem about farmers, throws in assorted history and science lessons, defends the Canadian Wheat Board, and takes a long detour by reciting Chief Seattle’s moving speech of 1854 (donning a Métis sash, though he is not Métis).

James has a tremendous amount of heart. With some professional input, his 70-minute show might have had some focus. Still, when he sings at the end, "Glad that I ran into you," the feeling is mutual.

— Alison Mayes

From the official Fringe Festival program:

Scientists tells us we're living in a new geological epoch, the antropocene, a man-made event leading us into the third millennium. And we're not slowing down.

Does money pay the bills? Is science the answer? An organic farmer distills his opinion.

$1 of each ticket goes to support Siloam Mission.

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 75 MIN

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $7 for Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under), Unemployed, welfare, farmers

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Updated on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 2:35 PM CDT: Adds review

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