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This Prison: Or He Came Through the Floor

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Ontario-based Theatre of the Beat brings a touch of Beckett to this year’s fringe. Johnny Wideman, who does triple duty as writer, director and actor, plays a reluctant inmate whose preconceptions are challenged when a stranger in a tuxedo, played with ever-growing desperation by Benjamin Wert, digs a tunnel right up under the inmates’ cell floor.

Performances by Wideman and Wert are tight and energetic. Wideman occasionally looks like he’ll devour the scenery, but is disciplined enough to bring pathos and wit to what could be a garden-variety madman. Wert’s slow-burn pays off in what may be the most effectively dramatic use of a math lesson in a comedy I’ve ever seen.

The play itself is cleverly written and short enough to not wear out its welcome. Recommended for folks who prefer their comedies on the philosophical side.

— Ben Wiebe

 

From the Fringe program:

An eccentric prisoner has quite the surprise when a man in a suit digs up through his prison cell. Somewhere between Plato and Play-Doh, This Prison: or He Came Through the Floor is a thought-provoking comedy filled with slapstick madness and tea-time philosophy.

Director: Johnny Wideman

Cast: Benjamin Wert, Johnny Wideman

Praise for past shows:

4 Stars - Charlebois Post

"A classy Fringe choice." - VUE Weekly

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 for Students

Under 6 not admitted.

Warnings: None

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