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Your Princess is in Another Castle
by Wes Babcock & Nancy Kenny
Down the Well Productions
47 min / Comedy, Satire / PG
Now that I have your attention, let me tell you about this new show by Wes Babcock (New Ottawa Critics) and Nancy Kenny (Roller Derby Saved My Soul)…
How much beer? Umm, just one beer.
Per person? Umm, actually one per audience. Well, yes, you have to buy a ticket first, so technically it’s not free.
How is it split? It’s not. Babcock awards it to one member of the audience after the show. Maybe. There’s a skill testing question: “Do you have a really good idea for how to improve this show?” Babcock awards it to the person who has the best really good idea (per performance).
Why? Because the show isn’t finished yet. It’s listed in the Fringe program as a “workshop presentation.”
Why would they do that? Because the Fringe is a place to experiment.
Why would you see this show? This is the Fringe. Some shows aren’t finished yet. At least here, you have a chance to win a beer.
Tell you what. I’ll give you a competitive advantage. I’ll tell you some of the plot so you can brainstorm before the show. Deal?
First clue: The Fringe program lists two people. Actually, there’s a cast of three. Already you have a 50% advantage over people who don’t read this review.
Next: The show takes place in a remote future that bears no resemblance to the present, because:
- The free world is led by a democratically elected princess.
- The winner is the contestant who attracts the most attention on social media.
- Image attracts votes. Policy positions zone out the voters.
- Most voters don’t pay any attention to the election.
- Men usually explain stuff to women in excruciating detail.
- An oppressed minority now has the vote.
You’re right, it IS hard to imagine such a future.
What needs to be improved? I’m not a dramaturg, but I can tell you it’s a satire. There are a fair number of attempts at comedy: jokes, punchlines, physical humour.
The plot takes a lot of twists and turns. (No spoilers!) Keeps you on your toes.
The costumes are classy: two formal gowns. Babcock wears a tux.
I know it sounds like a bit of work, but you get some laughs and it’s only 47 minutes long.
Should you bring the kids? The Fringe program says PG but, at one point, Kenny drops as many F-bombs as a squadron of B-52 bombers. You decide.
Remember: FREE BEER!
Your Princess is in Another Castle by Wes Babcock and Nancy Kenny is playing at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave) until Sunday June 18, 2017. Tickets cost $12 online and at the door. Visit ottawafringe.com for the show schedule and box office info.