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archy and mehitabel

Ausable Theatre / London ON

Posted: 07/14/2010 2:14 PM | Comments: 0

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Archy and Mehitabel returns for the second straight festival and should be welcomed back. Based on the writing of American newspaper columnist Don Marquis, it’s the tale of Archy, a curmudgeonly cockroach who emerges from the dark to speak for the lowest of the low, while Mehitabel, a sultry feline, claims to have been Cleopatra in another life.

Both offer an alternative view of the world from different links on the food chain. The rebellious Archy chides humans for their disorder (ant hills are better organized) and warns of joining the insect world in the overthrow of man. The carefree, bohemian Mehitabel is also no stranger to hard times but dismisses the bumps and lives by her motto: "toujours gai."

London, Ont., performer Jeff Culbert performs the complementary monologues and impersonations with wonderful clarity and style that warrant a second viewing.

Kevin Prokosh

From the official Fringe Festival guide:

Archy is a cockroach with a critical eye on humanity, and Mehitabel is a bohemian alley cat with an unbreakable spirit.

5 STARS - Winnipeg Free Press

"An absolute pleasure" - Uptown Magazine

"Laugh-out-loud hilarious" - Plank Magazine

"Thought-provoking fun" - Theatre in London

Directed by Jayson McDonald.

www.jeffculbert.ca

RECOMMENDED:General Audience

60 min

Venue 2 (MTC Up the Alley)

Tickets: $10
Discount Tickets: $5 for Kids (12 & under), Fringe performers

 

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