By Arthur K
60 minutes | Comedy | Mature
I’d Snap That: The Scandal That Rocked Hometown was, to be frank, a difficult play to sit through. Created and produced by The Liquid Word, this loosely woven story attempted to mix gag humour, satire, and the absurd to describe a small town’s violent mayoral race. Rather than keeping the cast lean and developing those roles, I’d Snap That calls on a large cast of skin-deep characters that often clutter the space. Supporting roles were regularly made to stand, sit, or look at their phones while the dialogue dragged on, exhibiting little faith in the audience members’ ability to figure things out for themselves.
While a creative use of costumes and props and some pointed social criticism did lighten the mood, a tendency towards facile stereotyping – right down to the names: Just A Guy, Vegan Friend, Hometown, etc. – and also the pervasive use of the word “bitch” brought the audience quickly back down to earth. The play’s description promises to keep the audience “laughing out loud and wondering what will happen next”; unfortunately, most of these comedic efforts amounted to little more than ready-made pop culture references that weakened what was left of the story. Towards the end of the play, an impressively executed though particularly out of place dance sequence left many scratching their heads, squirming in their seats, or both.
My question for the troupe is this: what message do you hope to convey through this play, and is gag humour really the best way of going about it?
I’d Snap That: The Scandal that Rocked Hometown, Academic Hall, 133 Séraphin-Marion, Sunday, June 19, 9 p.m.; Tuesday, June 21, 5:30 p.m.; Friday, June 24, 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 26, 7:30 p.m.