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The Seminar
Presented by Poiema Productions

Reviewed: 2011-07-25 03:47:49
Rated: 10 out of 10 [5 Stars]
By: Robin Chase (e-mail private -- log in to view)

These four young women from Edmonton - fresh out of college - delighted Fringe fans with their first show in 2010, Happily Ever After. Rather than simply go one step further with The Seminar, they've taken a giant leap. Their new play is an over-the-top, satirical expose of the beauty industry and its spokespeople who try to convince you that "Ugly is a choice... Choose to Change!" Actor/Playwrights Sara Vickruck & Brianne Jang have avoided the usual cliches often found in such send-ups, and instead have created a wonderful tour-de-farce.

The performances by all four actors are outstanding. Candice Fiorentino is delicious as the main beauty maven in charge of the makeover session ... Melissa Heagy is hilarious in her portrayal of the robotic-like plastic surgeon ... Jang is delightful as a 13-year-old assistant who has already undergone beautification (the younger they "choose to change", the better) ... and Vickruck (also the co-director) gives a gut-wrenching performance as the unwilling patient who will surprise you with a emotional plot-twist at the end.

From the surgical sound effects that had audience members squirming (and laughing) in their seats to the great, perfectly-executed choreography in a couple of musical numbers, this is a show you must choose to see.

(Reviewed from performance held 2011 07 13 at The Rachel Browne Theatre during the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.)

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