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This is a Play

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In one of Daniel MacIvor’s most performed works, the audience happily gets into the heads of actors as they perform a lettuce-laden drama called No Stranger Among Us.

What’s going on in there is funny, as the trio comment with great candour on their lines, their co-actors and who is probably sleeping with whom. MacIvor takes great pleasure at pricking at the egos of actors and the stereotype of being narcissistic, backbiting and insecure strivers. The male actor deadpans, “In the pause, I act very hard.” When he later takes off his shirt off, the female actress makes a wish for a quick blackout.

The Winnipeg cast of Angie St. Mars, Matthew Wall and Kimberly Kakegamic are all convincingly conflicted — saying one thing, thinking another. Director Mitch Krohn makes an inspired choice by adding the role of a composer, played to maximum effect by Justin Rempel as a tweedy buffoon spouting pretentious artistic bafflegab.

— Kevin Prokosh

From the Fringe program:

Director: Mitch Krohn

Cast: Kim Kakegamic, Angie St. Mars, Matthew Hall and Justin Rempel

Irresistibly comedic and clever, Daniel MacIvor's This is a Play takes audiences on a hilarious romp through the interior lives of actors. This play about a play reveals what goes through the minds of three performers as they present an "important" new work…about lettuce. Theatrical in-jokes will leave you howling as saliva, bad wigs and method acting threaten to derail the artists' creative processes.

"Ingenious, whimsical, a lyrical lunacy in the writing." – The Globe and Mail

Audience Classification: General

Length: 45 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $7 for Weekday Matinee

Warnings: None

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