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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Review: Man Saved by Condiments (Fringe)

by Gaëtan L. Charlebois

It is not that this solo is dull - though, God knows, it is that - it is also that it is a hopelessly old-fashioned talk-to-yourself-style piece. Writer Mary Jo Pehl does her actor - Tim Uren - no favours with this "true" story of a man trapped in his car for five days and forced to eat - wait for it - condiments. There is a whole canon of trapped-in literature (even another play in this Fringe: Miner Inconvenience), with lots of things being eaten (urine, rats, feces) and even one true story of an arm being sawed off with a pen-knife (after five days, coincidentally). So a guy in his car "forced" to eat mustard doesn't even qualify as drama - more like a five-minute news story given 50 on an all-news network...on a really slow news day.



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