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Twenty years ago, Vic (Steve Yurkiw) was the hit of the theatrical world with his play Blue Horizon, the story of Seb, a self-centered, violent man who continually abuses his clinging girlfriend, Linda. Now Steve is a weary writing professor, living mainly off his past glory, and yearning to write another play.
As he slumps at his laptop, Seb (Ryland Thiessen) appears, prodding Vic to licence more productions of the play so he can continue his vicious fun. Linda (Bailey Chin) also appears, begging Vic to do the opposite: the play has inspired numerous instances of copycat violence, and she wants Vic to halt productions before somebody else gets hurt.
The interplay between the players positively crackles. The acting is excellent and the characterizations never waver. Thiessen, in particular, is hypnotic as Seb, playing him as the snake he is in this 60-minute dramedy.
Equally noteworthy is how this production, unlike far too many others, tackles the prickly topic of gender-based violence without politicizing, pandering or simply sinking to bashing one side or the other. This is one of the best fringe has to offer this year.
— Janice Sawka
From the Fringe program:
Twenty years ago, his play was the talk of the international theatre scene. Now, a playwright clings to relevance as he is haunted by two of his most iconic characters. Detailing the toxic relationship between a creator and his creation, this bold new dark comedy challenges the responsibilities of a storyteller in the art they produce. Inspired by Fight Club 2 and Bojack Horseman, (Art)ist takes on the myth of the male anti-hero and the impact art has on society.
FINALIST - 2019 Winnipeg Fringe New Play Contest
Show Length: 60 minutes
Suggested Audience: Mature
Warnings: Coarse Language, Violent Content, Sexual Content
177 Market Ave.
Enter from back alley (John Hirsch Pl.)
Seating Capacity: 120
Wed, Jul 17, 2019 – 10:15 PM
Fri, Jul 19, 2019 – 12:00 PM
Sat, Jul 20, 2019 – 7:15 PM
Sun, Jul 21, 2019 – 2:00 PM
Mon, Jul 22, 2019 – 12:00 PM
Wed, Jul 24, 2019 – 5:30 PM
Fri, Jul 26, 2019 – 9:00 PM
Sun, Jul 28, 2019 – 3:15 PM
Updated on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 2:30 PM CDT: Adds review.
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