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Friday, June 10, 2011

Review: Think Outside/BOX (Fringe 2011)

Reviewed by Gaëtan L. Charlebois
(This show is listed variously as Think Outside and/or BOX)

I guess you might call the collective creation from Burnaby In The Flesh - Think Outside - a piece of children's theatre for adults...or at least, about adults. Amy works in a cubicle; she is up for a major promotion and must do a "project" to earn it. She lets her imagination loose, the imaginings take form as a cast of energetic, young sprites who go back and forth from inspiring her to controlling her.

There are some striking Fringe-budget effects, and no shortage of imagination and skill, but - as I looked at my watch - it began to wear thin after 20 of its 35 minutes as there were also long moments of incoherence. The denouement is satisfying but utterly predictable. It's for the young at heart, I think - which, playing World of Warcraft, as I do, I thought I was. Or maybe it's simply for those more theatrically innocent than I.

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