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Wingfield On Ice
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Reviewed: 2006-03-31 10:27:09
Rated: 7 out of 10 [3.5 Stars]
By: Lorraine James (e-mail private -- log in to view)

This is my rating because although I thought the performer [Rob Beattie] was excellent, the show was mildly humorous yet clever. The show was directed by Douglas Beattie[his brother], stage managed by Leslie Sidley and scored by Stephen Woodjett, reminiscent of Mr.Dressup [not a bad thing at all!]. It was cool how the lights went down to indicate the starting of the show, and when they came up so quickly, there was our guy, Walt, already sitting and having his coffee. He wove his tales of life of the farm, morphing into several characters, speaking each chunk like letters and ending them each with, 'Sincerely Walt'. The audience applauded every time. The audience laughed more than I did, so either I wasn't paying close attention or I just didn't understand farm life. I'm too citified but it was still good storytelling. Rob Beattie also reminded me of Harry Shearer, especially his voice at times [not a bad thing at all!] This was one of a series of shows surrounding the same character of Walt, where the others had him adjusting to farm life from his time as a stock broker, but here, he's melted right in, still commenting on his surroundings and comparing how certain dynamics are no different from urban to rural life: that I understood. You don't find many younger people at the theatre, unless it's a field trip or the fringe festival. It's playing until April 9, but if you still want to capture this story, you can, on DVD, sold through PTE.

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