Company: Rocket Summer, Winnipeg, MB
Venue: 2 - MTC Up the Alley
The intent is deep, dark, black comedy. This requires a menacing atmosphere, expert pacing, and unexpected twists. "Murder and Other Trivialities" brings none of these elements to the stage.
Although listed as a double feature in the Fringe guide, Murder and Other Trivialities
had three scenes on offer - an elderly man who makes an unusual arrangement with his neighbourhood drug dealer, a police investigation into possible arson, and a husband who stubbornly refuses to be poisoned.
The intent is deep, dark, black comedy. This requires a menacing atmosphere, expert pacing, and unexpected twists. Murder and Other Trivialities
brings none of these elements to the stage.
It felt like watching theatre through thick, scratched Plexiglas. Early on, a gun is produced and discharged with almost no audience reaction. An intensely dramatic event that barely registers is a strong indication of a major production problem.
It's not all bad news. Colin Connor, who plays the lead officer in the arson case, brings a lot of welcome energy to the stage. And in the final piece, it is kind of fun to watch the beautiful, blonde wife Elsie (Cynthia Wolfe-Nolin) straddle her slovenly husband as she stuffs more poison into his mouth.
Elsie sums it up best as she concludes, "I watched him choke to death for nothing."
I know how you feel Elsie.