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The War and Peace Show

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Half the hippie audience was singing along with the Peter, Paul and Mary song that welcomed us into the WAG auditorium, so I braced myself for some overly earnest preaching at this show sponsored by Project Peacemakers. Instead, we got a series of off-kilter, inventive and often profane vignettes written and performed by a who’s who of fringe veterans. It starts strong with war being a PowerPoint pitch in a corporate corner office and ends even better with a funny skit written by TJ Dawe that sees fine local performers Andrew Cecon, Heather Russell and Alissa Watson sell their fringe integrity to Enbridge.

A couple of the shorties didn’t quite have the jam, including the Pussy Riot song that’s tricky to follow. But the performers are clearly having fun, especially Cecon, who gets to be both a booty-shaking Russian and a slimy oil exec over the course of 75 minutes. Best of all, there’s a sweetie at the end, if you sell out too.

— Mary Agnes Welch

 

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: Debbie Patterson

"When the world becomes a massive mess with nobody at the helm, it's time for artists to make their mark." - Joni Mitchell

A wonderful variety of writers attack issues of peace, justice and the human condition in this original, innovative work.

Featuring live music by Jill Cooper and Tom Penner and new work by Rick Chafe, Trish Cooper, Sarah Constible, TJ Dawe, Ellen Peterson, Ross MacMillan, Alix Sobler and Gordon Tanner. Directed by Debbie Patterson.

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 75 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: None

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