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This Is A Play

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Maybe, possibly, ought-to-be, this outing of inspired lunacy is a bona fide Fringe hit. Smart, achingly funny (the audience last night spent the better part of their time in the theatre convulsed with laughter) and damned clever. There are four characters in Daniel MacIvor's play: a Voice Over playwright fretting about theatre's Big Questions such as the worth of trying to create a play of originality when the time-tested and successful combo of banality and derivation always works successfully; two actresses and a lone male actor. Amazingly very little of the Writer's "original" play's dialogue is actually presented by the actors. Instead we get from them intimations of what the (side-splittingly banal and derivative) play's about, hilarious voicings of the actors' individual stage directions, their inner thoughts about their mutual competitiveness, status as characters, personal insecurities, critical musings about the play itself and their relationships with the disembodied Writer real, imagined or suspected. Under the sharp direction of Jackie Torrens, the wonderfully comic cast of Mauralea Austin, Emily Bartlett and Kevin Curran skillfully and touchingly perform as hammy actors in a terrible "Southern" weeper about love and three heads of lonely lettuce (really) and simultaneously as three real live vulnerable people beset by real and imagined anxieties. Quite an acting feat. This is great stuff. And a master class of fine comedic acting and zazzy playwriting. Not to be missed.

This Is A Play plays at the Imperial Room in the Neptune Centre Saturday September 1 at 4:00 and 7:00, Sunday September 2 at 5:30, Monday September 3 at 3:30 and 9:45, Tuesday September 4 at the Khyber 3 at 8:15 , Saturday September 8 in the Imperial Room at 2:30 and 5:00

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