(Photo courtesy Shady Ladies)
Company: Shady Ladies, Winnipeg, MB
Venue: 9 - Shaw Performing Arts Centre (MTYP)
You can't pick your family.
Fine performances, dark but sharply comedic writing, and some of the sketchiest raccoons this side of Toronto.
This is the takeaway message of Outstanding Debts at the Highway Motel, an original comedy that features fine performances, dark but sharply comedic writing, and some of the sketchiest raccoons this side of Toronto.
Big-city real estate hotshot Caroline pays a visit to her mother's motel on the outskirts of Virden, but meets Lizzy, the hard-drinking live-in janitor instead. The unexpected encounter reveals unfortunate news and unravels deep dark secrets, that send her carefully structured, germ-free world into a tailspin.
With the help of her raccoon-obsessed sister Alice, Caroline learns to accept the mother she never really knew and embrace the chaos that life throws everyone's way, all the while resisting the urge to reduce Lizzy's home into a Chicken Chef parking lot.
The interaction between the actors make this production a joy to watch. There's a lived-in quality to these characters that is comfortably worn by each performer. Throw in a so-bad-it's-good plush raccoon attack and you have everything you need for a purely fun, purely Fringe experience.
Here's hoping the Shady Ladies don't go back into the shadows any time soon.