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FRINGE REVIEW: The Gambling Show

With help from a pair of adorable live musicians, charming trio Tyler Girard, Jon Paterson and Scott Walter offer a meditation on what it means to live by the world of wagers in this hour-long show. Gambling, as they tell us, is not restricted to casinos and card games. People also roll the dice with strangers, sex, and everyday decisions. To explore this concept, they turn to a medley of songs, skits and, most comically, dance. I knocked a star off because it took me a while to warm up to the piece, but then added half of one back because the actors are such delicious fun. But for all its humour, the play has an educational subtext: exposing the darker side of Lady Luck. It’s perhaps no accident this show is on in Alberta -  home of the highest per capita gambling rate in the country.

Three and a half out of five stars.

more in Fringe Reviews     |     posted Aug 15th, 2010 at 1:31pm     

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