Reviewed by Paula Citron
The Berlin Blues
4th Line Theatre
Written by Drew Hayden Taylor
Directed by Kim Blackwell
Starring Cynthia Ashperger, Herbie Barnes, Clifford Cardinal, Cheri Maracle, Patti Shaughnessy and Robert Winslow
Jun. 28 to Jul. 23, 2011
4th Line Theatre, situated just beyond the little town of Millbrook near Peterborough, Lindsay and the Kawarthas, puts on Canadian plays, usually with local interest. Aboriginal playwright Drew Hayden Taylor’s The Berlin Blues certainly fits both mandates.
Taylor has created a farce, but like all good farces, there is a serious underbelly. The plot concerns German developers who want to create a theme park called Ojibway World on the fictional Otter Lake reserve.
Taylor is a master of snappy one-liners, and he knows how to build on the farcical elements, particularly Ojibway World’s epic production of Dancing with Wolves: The Musical.
Timing is everything in farce, and director Kim Blackwell has ensured the speed of attack. Farce also means that the audience must surrender to the absurdities, and Taylor piles on enough craziness to lure us onboard.
In short, the production will put a smile on your face.
The Berlin Blues continues at 4th Line Theatre, Millbrook, Ontario, until Jul. 23.