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Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Three on a Bench

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star star star star star star star star star star   Average Reader Rating

Three on a Bench is a theatrical trifle from the ’50s that remembers when love seemed so much simpler, except for high school graduate Betty and her boyfriend, Harry.

She has a heavy pout on after catching him ogling the school’s hottie and the tiff is spoiling their bag lunch on a park bench. She (Vicki Rutkowski) is upset and he (Jeff Homer) is perturbed at not getting any, uh, of the sandwiches. These are, after all, the sunny-natured but chaste Father Knows Best days.

As they sit silent on the ends of the park bench in squeezes a busybody widow (Cynthia Hiebert-Simkin) who counsels them about things like talking with their eyes and presto everyone is happy again.

As competently presented by this La Salle troupe, Doris Estrada’s low-key Three on a Bench doesn’t leave much room for any real audience engagement. The dated romantic comedy displays the complexity of an Archie comic.

— Kevin Prokosh

From the Fringe program:

There are a lot of things that happen in a bright green park with a lonely, green bench. Flowers bloom, birds sing, and young couples enjoy a romantic picnic together... at least that's what Betty and Harry had planned until Harry looked a bit too long at Marge Harris. When their fighting escalates to not even speaking to one another, the lovely widow Mrs. Moore, weary from her travels, sits down in-between them and strikes up a conversation.

Director: Matthew Lagacé

Cast: Vicki Rutkowski, Cynthia Heibert-Simkin, Jeff Homer, Cory Towes

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 45 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 for Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under)

Warnings: None

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