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Wang Dang

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There’s a reason seduction is called an art.

And when you’re a down-on-your-luck filmmaker who is a bit of an egocentric hothead, finding the sweet spot to get people to sleep with you takes more than former glories and vodka.

Wang Dang, written by American actor/director Tom Noonan, examines a night in the life of Mickey Hounsell, played to intense perfection by Ivan Henwood, who entertains a film student/fan Deana (Kerrie Woloszyn) in a seedy hotel room following a lecture at a college. She strokes his ego and builds his confidence, but the arrival of her quirky friend Kim (Jane Walker) sets the stage for a tense evening of ups and downs, laughter and tears from this local company.

The script is filled with realistic, crackling dialogue, and as the alcohol kicks in, things turn strange. The cast is uniformly excellent and helps sell the story, which occasionally meanders and drags over the course of the 80-minute running time.

Some foreshadowing made the final revelation unsurprising, but added another loop to Hounsell’s emotional roller-coaster ride.

— Rob Williams

From the Fringe program:

Director: George Toles

Cast: Rob McLaughlin, Jane Walker and Kerri Woloszyn

"We're gonna do that wang dang doodle all night long."

Directed by George Toles, from the company that brought you last year's hit The Wife (****½ - Winnipeg Free Press) comes another Canadian premiere.

INT. HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

An aspiring screenwriter and her actress best friend meet up with established director Mickey Hounsel for a night of advice, pizza, vodka and a dance party not to be forgotten.

Audience Classification: Mature

Length: 90 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Graphic Content, Mild Language

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