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Double-Booked

 

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Two one-man shows, both entitled "Rendezvous with Destiny," both end up happening simultaneously during a Fringe organization mixup. It's almost as if they were ... booked on top of each other ... While the 'opposites attract' trope has been done, rarely is it done with as much wit and heart as it is here. It's hard to say which show is funnier: Joshua Lee Coss' deeply personal one-man show (a very loving parody), or Robyn Slack's bizarre and hilarious music. The developing bromance, amazing one liners, and the interplay of two opposing Fringe shows all make this play really memorable. (The songs are still stuck in my head). This show is a very, very, very funny must-see at this year's festival.  —Miya Abe
EdmontonFringe.ca
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 


 
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4/ 5


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36 total ratings

 

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Dates / Times:
  • 6:00 pm - 2018/08/17
  • 5:00 pm - 2018/08/19
  • 9:30 pm - 2018/08/20
  • 6:00 pm - 2018/08/21
  • 9:30 pm - 2018/08/23
  • 4:30 pm - 2018/08/24
  • 4:30 pm - 2018/08/25
  • 3:30 pm - 2018/08/26



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Posted 2018/08/19 by


EdmontonFringe.ca

 


One Review


  1.  
    Michael C.

    The premise for this two-men comedy about one man shows is a simple odd couple situation. Out comes an incredibly overwrought performer, leaning right into the major cliches as they search for their life’s meaning and audience praise. However, before he can finish his first scene, a much less prepared and a lot more cavalier loudmouth with a guitar comes out to sing about nonsense. Turns out, due to some patently ridiculous mistakes and miscommunication, two one-man shows have been scheduled for the same venue at the same time. Immediately you’re faced with what seems to be the show’s entire plot, making fun of two extremes of Fringe Festival mainstays.
    Thankfully, the show does more to justify and play with it’s premise than you would maybe worry. The simple premise evolves into a platonic first date as the two meta-fictional performers discover things about themselves, and also how not to write awful shows. The show certainly plays around with the meta-textual elements, both acting for the audience and like they aren’t there. Some realistic road bumps to the finale are smoothed out for the sake of a joke, some for the sake of plot. I do have some misgivings, as I feel that some of the subtextual elements would have been better served as being a little more overt and tying into the ending. The ‘slob’ side of the duo feels like he’s more of a prop for jokes and reflection for the ‘proper’ character, rather than a story in and of himself. However, the numerous jokes and decent plot does enough to keep the show flying as a satisfactory hour long comedy that exemplifies what this festival is built for.





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