Shaw Performing Arts Centre (Venue 9), to July 22
Fans of the kinetic performance poet will surely love Jem Rolls is Pissed Off, at Venue 14. His first scripted fringe play? Not so much.
This circular comedy is about two characters (Richard Lee and the Spiral Dive series’ Caley Suliak) who are each writing the same play about two characters who are each writing the same play. While they develop a theory about post-modernism, the duo tries on several genres, but the bits are hit and miss. I spent most of the 55-minute running time waiting for them to gain some traction, and rooting for them to do so.
Unfortunately, one of Rolls’ own lines sums it up best. "Only the likability of the actors will keep this piece from being extremely annoying."
— Pat St. Germain
From the official Fringe Festival program:
Romantic comedy and modern farce. A couple stuck in a hotel room struggle valiantly for true love and real life. With high-speed comic dialogue and sharp physical gaggery.
Featuring an unexpected happy ending. With answers.
Fun-packed first play from Fringe favourite Jem Rolls. "Beloved perfomer" - Free Press
"When the loving gets tough, the tough get more loving."
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 75 min.
Under 14 not admitted.