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Dentures begins with its two 20-something heroes—Chad and Derek—facing eviction. To keep themselves off the streets they sneak into a care home, where shenanigans ensue. Director and playwright Dustyn Tennessen gives some tepid commentary on elder neglect, but that small service to the elderly is diminished by the stereotyping that fuels the show’s attempts at comedy. While there is some amusing humour, the awkward dialogue and clumsy acting make Dentures more cringe-worthy than comedic. Matt Ness, who plays Chad, is especially guilty of over acting, and while Michael Vetsch’s Derek has a certain doofus charm, his comedic timing is often off. A small shoutout goes out to Shanni Pinkerton for the most watchable performance. But the worst part has to be the cheesy, heavy-handed laugh track, which more often than not only served to point out that a joke hadn’t landed. -Chelsea Novak




Total Score
2/ 5

Reader Rating
88 total ratings



Dates / Times:
  • 1:00 pm - 2018/08/17
  • 7:30 pm - 2018/08/19
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Posted 2018/08/17 by



4 Reviews

    Casey Brian

    I just saw Dentures and I have to disagree completely with the reviewer from EdmontonFringe.ca in just about everything that they said. This show has overacting and a laugh track because it’s clearly written to be a sitcom brought to the stage. Heck, they had tv theme songs playing in the theatre before the show started. As per the stereotyping that occurs in the show, I think it was more directed at millennials than the elderly. Other than a can’t bend over to get something joke or missing an important line of dialogue because of a faulty hearing aid, I believe this show fairly treated their jokes about the elderly.

    I think Dentures was funny and enjoyable and worth seeing.


    I also have to disagree with the fringe.ca reviewer. The show is fun, light-hearted, and entertaining. The cast was animated and engaging, Michael Vetsch’s character is charming and his performance is hilarious, and the laugh track added to the sitcom comedy style, introduced as the audience enters to the tune of TV theme songs, and is related back to Chads infatuation with reality shows. 5 stars!


    I would also disagree with the fringe.ca reviewer and I totally agree with the review from Sarah. I thought the acting was hilarious, well done and commendable. As a performer myself, I know how much work goes into comedic timing and stage blocking and I was also impressed with that. People should absolutely go see Dentures.


    Chelsea Novak, the author of the review above (edmontonfringe.ca) completely missed the plot.

    As the comments above mention, this hilarious play is supposed to be a spoof of a typical sitcom, hence the TV theme songs at the beginning, the laugh tracks, the slow motion, and the laugh tracks. The plot may have lacked depth, but when it came to delivering laughs, it met and exceeded my expectations. The acting was on point, perfectly matched to the character being played.
    The character of Chad, played by Matt Ness, was supposed to be a character larger than life, silly, and comical, and Matt did a wonderful job of delivering that. Derek was played beautifully by Micheal Vetsch, portraying the blissful imbecile that is his character. Ritichie Panas and Shanni Pinkerton captured their characters perfectly, bringing the farce element of this play to fruition. They are a treat to watch, and I respect the talent they bring to the stage.

    There is a reason this show has had multiple sold-out nights. Do yourself a favor, disregard Chelsea Novak’s review, and go watch this show at Edmonton Fringe 2018!

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