Super 8, part of Lunchbox’s 2011-2012 Season is now showing at the Edmonton Fringe. In Louis B. Hobson’s review of the show, Lunchbox and our Artistic Director Pamela Halstead get a special mention. Article below.
Fringe: SUPER 8
By Louis B. Hobson, August 17, The Edmonton Sun
You just know I’m going to say that Mark Hopkins and Charles Netto’s new play Super 8 is a super little comedy.
I won’t apologize because it’s not just a play on words.
This story of two lonely people who meet one night at a Super 8 motel is as charming as it is off beat.
By the end of the show you feel you know these two people and are glad you had the opportunity to spend an hour with them
That makes any comedy super.
Angie (Kira Bradley) spends too many nights at the bar in her local Super 8 because no one from town goes there. This way she can meet strangers and, for a while, pretend to be someone she isn’t.
Will (Dave Trimble) has seen far too many Super 8 motels. Exactly why this is so is one of the clever little twists in Super 8. Bradley plays brassy with ease and conviction which is why you believe Trimble is wary of her.
Some of the show’s best laughs are at Will’s expense because Trimble makes him so wonderfully timid.
The look on Trimble’s face when Bradley misinterprets what he says is hilarious.
Several times you expect him to get Bradley’s drink in his face when, in reality, he doesn’t mean to insult her.
The way Trimble gets on his bar stool gets a well-deserved laugh each time he does it. It’s an actor confident in his craft.
Julia Wasilewski’s revolving set allows us to travel from the bar to Will’s room and what happens there is a delight and very believable.
Hopkins and Wasilewski first wrote Super 8 as a 10-minute play which they took to Lunchbox Theatre’s artistic director Pamela Halstead.
To her credit she could see the potential that has been realized by Bradley, Trimble and their director Kelly Reay.
It’s super that Lunchbox is so dedicated to showcasing Calgary playwrights and sparing no expense of money and talent to do so.
4 out of 5 Suns