No Exit Upstage

by Ottawa Fringe

June 21, 2009

Actors, at least according to Ottawa playwright/performer Nancy Kenny, make politicians look like wusses when it comes to slicing and dicing the opposition. Kenny’s short, funny show is about two sharp-clawed thespians waiting in the same room to audition for the same show. They are also roommates with a history of rabid disagreement on the domestic front. The story isn’t profound and Kenny’s use of repeated actions and words to underscore how even actors bring pre-conceptions to most situations feels too much like the dramatic device that it is. Still, we find ourselves drawn to these two characters whose motto, survival of the fittest, we all act out every day of our lives. At Studio Léonard-Beaulne until June 28.

— Patrick Langston