Most couples are lucky to make it past the first six months. La Codesa and Madeleine Astarte have been together, in some fashion, for about 5,000 years.
This 45-minute comedy by Winnipeg’s Dramatic Theatre attempts to tell the tale of a rivalry-cum-relationship that spans centuries, from biblical times through the golden age of Hollywood and modern-day Las Vegas.
Given the familiarity of the vampire-relationship trope — Jim Jarmusch made a go at this with Only Lovers Left Alive this year — the ensemble cast couldn’t just rely on a nifty device. But this thing isn’t just unoriginal; it’s generally hard to endure, thanks to shlocky dialogue and slapstick, often shouty acting.
— Bartley Kives