The Arts

Diesel Playhouse/Best of the Fringe 2007 – Attila Clemann’s …and stockings for the ladies / Alison Broverman’s Expiry Dating

by Paula Citron

For the second year in a row, the Diesel Playhouse is presenting the Best of the Fringe, and the first two plays are winners.

Attila Clemann’s …and stockings for the ladies is an absolute walk don’t run. The astonishingly talented Brendan McMurtry-Howlett plays all the roles in a story about two genuine Canadian heroes. The RCAF men, a squadron leader and his Jewish sergeant, are in post-war Germany to disarm the Third Reich. Instead, they become obsessed with helping the Holocaust survivors in Bergen-Belsen against high command orders.

Alison Broverman’s Expiry Dating shows a writer with a flair for dialogue and character. Her plot is about two people who marry for all the wrong reasons. Although one can see what’s coming, Broverman keeps us interested by the strength of her words which rise above some bad overacting.

…and stockings for the ladies and Expiry Dating continue in rep until Sunday.

The Best of the Fringe continues until Aug. 4.

From the Diesel Playhouse, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.

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