Manitoba·★★★★ Review

Happiness™

FOUR STARS Can two men who don't know happiness sell it to you?

FOUR STARS | Duo delivers spot-on performances as the slick alpha male salesmen we all think we know

Tony Adams and Cory Thibert (Isaac Valentin )

Rating: ★★★★

(Reviewed at the 2015 Winnipeg Fringe Festival)

Company: May Can Theatre, Ottawa

Genre: Play — Dramedy

Venue: 8 — Rachel Browne Theatre

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Can two men who don't know happiness sell it to you?

That's what this two-hander by performers Tony Adams and Cory Thibert (co-created with director Madeleine Boyes-Manseau) asks. It's delivered as part sales pitch for "must have" products intended to guarantee happiness, and part behind-the-scenes look at the world of high-pressure sales.

Adams and Thibert deliver high-energy, spot-on performances as the slick alpha male salesmen we all think we know. But we see unexpected nuances in these characters as they prep for their latest sales pitch, and begin to turn on each other.

Happiness™ does have a focus problem, though. It's simultaneously trying to be a satire of a culture that tells us we can buy our way to happiness with the latest technology, and of the cutthroat business world, and also an exploration of what happiness really is.

Taking on multiple targets, it feels like it doesn't always land the sharp punches it might. But even if it's not pure Fringe bliss, strong performances and some sharp writing recommend Happiness™.

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