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A Little Happiness

 

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A Little Happiness is a depressingly apt name for a play that delivers very little in the way of either happiness or even just simple entertainment. Written by playwright Ramona Braillie, the story is split into two parts— neither of which feel developed. It tells the story of a young woman in conversation with her psychiatrist. It would here be difficult to spoil the play’s twist. If anything, you’ll have guessed it before the first 15 minutes have passed. Heck, if you just describe those first 15 minutes to friend, they’ll probably guess it. The whole story plays out a bit too mid-career M. Night Shyamalan to be worth investing in seriously. If it didn't so desperately want to be taken seriously, it might be worth taking a few friends to. The cast is the single redeeming factor. If not for them and their sheer dedication to the material, it’s hard to imagine everyone keeping their seats. Hats off to the cast for making something a so laborious at least bearable. Reviewed by Lucas Provencher.
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  • 11:45 pm - 2017/08/17
  • 12:00 pm - 2017/08/19
  • 7:30 pm - 2017/08/22
  • 4:00 pm - 2017/08/24
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5 Reviews


  1.  
    Kevin Balena

    Lucas I beg to differ. I’ve seen the play and rather enjoyed the twist. I think it was well written and performed. Comparing her to M. Night Shyamalan is a compliment not a slur. Oh and by the way you misspelled her name its Ramona Baillie.




  2.  
    Dina Neifeld

    I was impressed with the cast’s sheer dedication to the material. The twist was great and I was taken by the story. Director, Larry Rutherford has put together an amazing show with smooth scene changes and an awesome twist.




  3.  
    Heather Prunkl

    I have to disagree with Lucas’s review. I thought that the twists and turns of the plot were very well portrayed and kept a person guessing. Even if you were not thrilled with the story line itself, the acting would absolutely make up for that.
    The young lady who played Alex did a wonderful job of bouncing her personality back and forth. She was very believable as someone fighting to keep their demons at bay and carry on with a ‘normal’ life.
    The doctors were so good both on their own and together as total opposite personalities who each had their own ideas of what was best for Alex. Dr. Grant was portrayed perfectly as a doctor who cared for her patient but was trying to keep a level of professional distance as well.
    The lone male character had a brooding silence that fit the location and timeline of the story excellently.
    The scene and costume changes were pulled of smoothly as well.
    Great job by the entire cast and crew.




  4.  
    Lorne Prunkl

    Having never been to the fringe before and not being exposed to the numerous plays and actors in the works at any given time, I have now seen my fourth play here.

    I must say this play is tied out of the four for my favourite.

    The actors have put their hearts into their rolls and the play has come off in an even flow with no snoring from the audience that I could hear but many smiles and positive chatting going on afterwords in the parking lot

    To think this is these people’s second and probably third and fourth lives that they live I think they have done a great job all around.

    The power and energy is genuinely contagious.





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