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Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

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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

From the Fringe program:

Director: Justin Danyluk

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom features a series of comical vignettes that deals with the lives of two eponymous immortal vampire lesbians. The two are locked in eternal, if comic, antagonism after surviving the downfall of the mythical Biblical city in question. Particular conflict occurs when both women arrive in 1920s/1930s Broadway and Hollywood and masquerade as silent film stars. A final scene in Las Vegas in the 1980s sees them finally reach a truce.

Audience Classification: Mature

Length: 45 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $7 for Students, Seniors

Warnings: Nudity, Sexual Content

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