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Six Times a Day
Presented by Theatre Anywhere

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Reviewed: 2005-07-26 19:58:46
Rated: 7 out of 10 [3.5 Stars]
By: John Chase (Director@winnipegonstage.com)

If anyone's planning to sit at home and watch sitcoms, I'd instead encourage them to get down to the Fringe Festival and check out Six Times a Day: the latest from Theatre Anywhere. That's exactly the style in which this show played out to me, although I don't mean that negatively. It would give an episode of one of the better sitcoms a run for its money; and hey man, this is live theatre in the Psychedelic Fringe.

Directed by local artist Eileen Longfield and penned by Rick Chafe (co-creator of Strike!), this show -- like most situational comedy -- requires a fair bit of suspension of disbelief. The character of Michael (Dave Meister) is working as a part-time actor in hard financial times, which entails promoting the sale of wedding-wear to potential buyers by acting out the groom in a wedding ceremony. Guess how often? Yep, six times a day. He really needs his job, so of course he's paired up with Rita (Mandy Hardy). Her family members just happen to be bigwigs in the company, and just happen to want to hire her in spite of the fact that she's awful at the job and will obviously cost them a lot of money. As can be expected, what starts out as a problem-ridden relationship between two wedding actors evolves implausibly quickly throughout the show, with their conflicts being resolved in ways that are nevertheless humorous.

If you try not to take the plot too seriously (and it's comedy, so really, why would you?), what shines through is a solid performance that's well acted and well staged. If you want some light entertainment and hearty laughs about the ironies of love and marriage, check this one out.

John Chase
July 26, 2005

(Note: This production is part of the 2005 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. Visit - http://www.winnipegfringe.com/ )

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