Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
This superb site-specific satire set in the United Way of Winnipeg boardroom finds a somewhat chastened pair of one-time corporate rising stars arguing to get their jobs back.
Several audience members don suit jackets as board members to question the nameless man and woman, who not so much married each other as strategically merged their futures to speed up their ascension to masters-of-the-universe status. They represent the public’s worst nightmare of its captains of commerce — cold and calculating, greedy and soulless. Around the board table, the couple replays the event that led to their humiliating downfall. We witness their strange mating ritual in a bar, which ends with the romantic marriage proposal: “Deal or no deal?” Its consummation is even creepier.
Because the 60 audience members are seated in the boardroom, there’s an unspoken invitation by Ottawa writers Brad Long and Emily Pearlman to vote on whether these smarmy, kale-loving, Body Step fanatics should be back in business. Long and Pearlman glow as two energetic people politicking, backstabbing and butt-kissing in pursuit of pay and perks. He sports a friendly smile that belies his ruthlessness, while Pearlman spews a fog of corporate buzzwords that cloaks her insincerity. Together they mean business.
— Kevin Prokosh
Director: Kevin Orr
Cast: Brad Long and Emily Pearlman
Welcome to the Boardroom, where the temperatures are soaring and the audience members are the executives stoking the fires. We have learned a lot on our (forced) time-out, now give us our jobs back. Please.
A site-specific corporate ladder climbing satire for anyone who has ever tried to do all the things.
WINNER: Outstanding Duo & Production (Ottawa Fringe)
WINNER: Outstanding New Work & Male Performance (Prix Rideau Awards).
Created by Brad Long and Emily Pearlman (Countries Shaped Like Stars).
Audience Classification: Mature
Length: 75 mins.
Warnings: Coarse Language, Sexual Content
Updated on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 2:37 PM CDT: