Company: Run Ragged Company, Winnipeg, MB
Venue: 2 - MTC Up the Alley
"Room At Both Ends" felt like a public service announcement outlining the dangers of uncontrolled anger on the aging heart.
Heartwarming. Heartfelt. Heart to heart conversations. Exactly what you would expect from a play that depicts the repercussions of a cynical businessman recovering from a mild heart attack brought on by stress and overwork.
Although the lines were a little shaky for this opening night, there were some stand out performances. Lyle Smordin as the elderly Italian sage Angelo Parakletos and Dave Pruden as the cynical businessman Jeremy Fast brought a richness and depth of character that filled the stage.Room At Both Ends
felt like a public service announcement outlining the dangers of uncontrolled anger on the aging heart. Incontestably valuable but not altogether fresh. The resolutions were pat and the character reversals hurried.
That being said, the audience seemed to embrace this emotionally wrought tale of second chances. Maybe they should post a sign like you see at amusement parks that measure your height. A cynicism gauge. There's no way I would have made it past the door.