Company: The Three Beggars , Winnipeg, MB
Venue: 4 - Alloway Hall (Manitoba Museum)
Down the road there might be a better show to come out of those involved.
Two short plays, both written by Logan M. Stefanson, fill the 45 minutes presented by this local company.
The first, Television
, finds a couple on the verge of starting a family and experiences the typical cold feet woes of the slacker husband; a beer drinking couch potato. Two other actors, described in the program as ghosts, act out scenarios from the world of mind numbing commercial television.
Much of the teevee parody has a retro feel (cowboy shows etc.) without much reason. Albee understood that fighting makes good theatre if words are sharpened by wit, but outside of one or two memorable lines, it's all as dull as the almost empty stage covered in the construction tape marking the spots where the furniture from other shows will finally rest. Error
, the second piece, has an angel and a devil fighting over the soon to be released soul of an aged hospital patient. I don't know of any fledgling playwright who hasn't explored this existential premise. This attempt doesn't add much heft to the pile.
Down the road there might be a better show to come out of all those involved but for now, alas, the Three Beggars company is a work in progress.