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THE OTTAWA FRINGE FESTIVAL – june 17 – 28

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BURSTING INTO FLAMES – Martin Dockery

Fringe fave and monologue master Martin Dockery is a man demanding your utmost attention. Like a manic Kramer (Seinfeld), he punctuates his machine gun verbal attack with gangly gestures, facial contortions and lots of hair pulling. Not that his great stories need visual guidance, but it sure adds to the show. Leaving his previous real life stories behind, Dockery brings us up to speed on his transition to heaven, which as you might have guessed, is quite heavenly. Endless parties, dinners, hot tub mingling … endless. Perpetual happiness and bliss… perpetual. Turns out relationships in the afterlife are not without bother. Who knew? Well, Martin, and he brings up lots of food for eternal thought, not to mention some knee-slapping laughs.

 

INESCAPABLE – Martin Dockery

Flexing his writing chops, Dockery presents a delicious two dude play, who square off in the middle of a party over a mystery box, which may be a time machine, or perhaps just a box. Whatever the case, the friends get to replay their encounter as if rewound every five minutes, and with each subsequent segment more and more is revealed. The unfolding story threatens to turn explosive as the two leads square off in a cat and mouse game of lies revealed. Press replay, you won’t be sorry.

 

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THE BLACK AND THE JEW GO BUDDHIST – Epstein and Hassan

Not so much a play as an infommercial for “BlackJewLove Technology” – which promises to cure all your relationship ailments. Presented by real life Black Jew couple Hassan and Epstein, we are charmed with their story of inter-racial love, some embarrassing audience interrogation, and plenty of provocative advice. Since this relies so heavily on the audience it will be a hit and miss proposition. On this night there was a very reactive and vocal crowd, and the energy feedback was addictive. Epstein and Hassan are lovely people, who dare share their deep secrets, and deliver the goods with utterly potty mouths.

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