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Where This Passion Lies

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Fledgling Winnipeg theatre group Suite 48 explores gender/sexual identity issues and sexual violence in this 45-minute drama. While the topics tackled are serious, the cast of six 20-something actors uses a deft touch to balance the solemnity of the material with humour, using simple props and interesting structure to create a pleasing and informative work.

Lecturing a theatre audience is rarely effective and this group manages to convey its serious message with tentative grace. There are some rough spots in this short time frame, as they have fallen into using their own stereotypes for dramatic shorthand — a mother represented in an apron, folding laundry, leaves them on decidedly shaky ground. But in the end, Where This Passion Lies is an engaging work and Suite 48 has a bright future ahead making entertaining and enlightening theatre.

— Barb Stewart

From the Fringe program:

Director: Christina Heather

Cast: Lisa Baran, Elsa Reesor-Taylor, Echo Porisky, Liam Naughten, Rogan Chahine, and Edward Wiebe

From the opening of doors for you everywhere you go, to the "nice legs, sweetheart!" as you're walking down the street, to the tequila shots handed to you with expectations of something more... Every day we are expected to perform our gender through a myriad of seemingly harmless behaviors that ultimately feed into a culture of violence damning to people of all gender identities. This show explores the impacts of sexism and heteronormativity on one woman's work, education and relationships.

Audience Classification: Mature

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $8 for Students, Seniors

Warnings: Mild Language, Sexual Content, Violent Content

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