Two Plays, Two Winners on Day 3 of the Fringe

Archy and Mehitabel and Breaking Point

Good old Hurricane Earl forced the closure of all but two plays yesterday, but as luck would have, it they were both winners!

Back in 1916, a New York newspaper columnist named Don Marquis introduced Archy the cockroach and Mehitabel the free-spirited cat to the world. Archy, who claimed to be a reincarnated poet and thus was qualified to comment upon both the human and insect worlds, supposedly left free verse social commentary on Marquis’ typewriter at night. Jeff Culbert does a remarkable job bringing these beautifully rendered words to the stage as he transforms himself into the lovable (yes, lovable) cockroach, the scrappy cat, a philosophical ant and even a tongue-tied worm who eventually finds himself celebrating his role as a robin’s meal. This is what the Fringe is all about folks: tiny, perfect theatrical gems that will shine in your memory.

I love the concept of Breaking Point. It’s easy to relate to the theme of a young man who feels familial pressure to conform and succeed, and I think it’s brilliant to explore it by placing him in a family of torturers rather then say, doctors or teachers. I love that the writer didn’t feel it was necessary to explain why people can make a career or torturing others, or why the victims are so Zen about their fate. I love the performances by the actors in this play. They had the commitment and energy of youth combined with a confidence-inspiring professionalism. I loved this play.

For locations, times and ticket prices go to www.atlanticfringe.ca

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