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It’s June 1982, and Elvis Presley’s Graceland home will be opening to the public for the very first time. That’s where we meet Bev and Rootie, passionate fans of ‘the King’ and both insistent they are first in line to get through the front door. Winnipeg’s Shoestring Players rises to the occasion in this 50-minute dramedy that has more to do with relationships than rock 'n’ roll.
The dynamic between both actors provides excellent chemistry throughout the performance. They are well-casted and play off each other with ease, forming a quick bond that gives this production true emotional heft.
While the dialogue was sublime, the plot felt like something was missing. With topics like toxic relationships and feeling pressured to keep up physical appearances to please men, you might expect an empowering moment of self-actualization. Instead, Graceland ends on a note of quiet comfort. It’s a heartwarming moment, but one without any resolution.
From the Fringe program:
Two female fan(atic)s of Elvis await admission into Graceland. Their rivalry for "most devoted fan" morphs into something deeper. As they tell their sometimes humorous stories, each reveals the extent of the drama and gender-based oppression in her life and the consequences of her own life choices.
"Genuine, touching and evocative" Shoestring's Fringe hits include: Waiting for the Parade, Flannery's Ocean, Quilters and The Dining Room.
Show Length: 60 minutes
Suggested Audience: Parental Guidance
190 Rupert Ave.
Seating Capacity: 230
Thu, Jul 18, 2019 – 3:30 PM
Fri, Jul 19, 2019 – 1:30 PM
Sat, Jul 20, 2019 – 5:15 PM
Sun, Jul 21, 2019 – 8:15 PM
Tue, Jul 23, 2019 – 8:30 PM
Thu, Jul 25, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Fri, Jul 26, 2019 – 1:30 PM
Sat, Jul 27, 2019 – 3:30 PM
Updated on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 4:36 PM CDT: Adds review
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