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We've Always Been Friends

Johnny Dingo Productions Winnipeg, MB

Posted: 07/18/2010 3:05 PM | Comments: 0

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Long before Sex and the City, then-budding Winnipeg playwright Bruce McManus penned a comedy about three man-devouring single gals.

Here, we meet three best friends — a va-va-voom career gal, a bitter single mom, and a lustful Lilith — usually united in their boredom with men. But when they discover they’ve all fallen for the same witless guy (played by a lovably buffoonish actor), the claws come out. Do they dump him, win him, or share him?

Time hasn’t treated McManus’ deft script well. What might have been whip-smart and provocative theatre when it was first produced in 1986 (I’m guessing) now seems like a tired cultural trope: guys are stupid, women rule. Next.

But the four polished local actors pull off sharp comedic moments and tense drama, albeit with a grating abundance of petulant sighs.

— Melissa Martin

From the official Fringe Festival guide:

See the perfect man built by three conflicted women! Set in a small Wolseley apartment, three long-time friends discover they like the same things - including Robert.

Join us to witness an early work of celebrated Manitoban playwright Bruce McManus. First staged in 1986, this brilliantly thought-provoking piece of theatre examines life during our most modern sexual revolution.


Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Nudity, Herbal Cigarettes,
RECOMMENDED:
Mature Audience

90 min

Onstage at the Playhouse (Venue 4) to Saturday

Tickets: $8
Discount Tickets: $5 for Students, Seniors, Fringe Performers
Under 18 not admitted.

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