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This locally produced behind-the-scenes political drama is set among provincial politicians, advisers and flacks, and tells the story of a corrupt and conniving finance minister who conspires to take over the job of a popular and principled NDP premier. Well, that’s provocative.

The script by self-confessed “recovering PR hack” Wayne Ferguson might have gone for a sardonic Yes, Minister style. Instead, Ferguson opts for a disconcerting old-timey melodrama.

The local cast of eight describe a range of competence in their roles. Particularly grievous is finance minister Roger MacMillan (Steve Currie) speaking nonstop in the smarmy, supercilious tone of a Bond villain addressing a strapped-down 007.

The play attempts a serious look at the back-stabbing political game, but it’s difficult to take it very seriously when your main character is, for all intents and purposes, Dr. Evil.

— Randall King

 

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Roger, a former union activist and labor leader, believes he is underemployed as Minister of Finance in a provincial government. He further believes that the premier's job will provide the scope for him to fully realize his potential; unfortunately, the job is already taken. The dramatic action centres on Roger's "success at any cost" approach to life and politics and how he manipulates those around him into an ethical cul-de-sac.

Director: Wayne Ferguson

Cast: Stephen Currie, Tony Porteous, Aidan Ritchie, Eric Reid, Sean Harrison, Weronika Sokalaska, Britt Hainstock, Katie Vandenbussche

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Under 16 not admitted.

Warnings: Language

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