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Stuck
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Reviewed: 2006-07-27 14:26:40
Rated: 7 out of 10 [3.5 Stars]
By: John Chase (Director@winnipegonstage.com)

I went into Stuck aware that some prominent reviews didn't really care for it. After coming out, my feeling was that anyone who calls this a two-star show does so simply because of misplaced preconceptions about what a comedy "should" be -- instead of giving a chance to a show that tries to blend clever humour with a great deal of surrealism and some meaningful messages rather than being in-your-face slapstick funny.

The script does have a few problems that should be ironed out if it's produced again. Some sequences start to drag before returning to the main flow of the show, which can be a little disjointed at times: possibly because the script was also written three-handed. Certain surreal events should be better explained for the sake of the audience's understanding, even if being trapped in a dream means that little makes sense to the characters themselves.

The performers, on the other hand, are superb, and never come off as artificial even given the "way out there" premise of the show. Brigette DePape (Emily) in particular stands out to me for a diverse, and at times, very moving performance; but the performances of Anne Wyman (Madison) and Ryan Segal (Connor) are also solid and a lot of fun to watch.

This is a three-and-a-half star Fringe show: it's fun, it's "out there", and it's executed well enough to make it very worth seeing.

John Chase
July 25, 2006

This production is part of the 2006 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.
Visit - http://www.winnipegfringe.com/

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