Regina Fringe Festival Review: The Surprise

SHOW: The Surprise
VENUE: Artesian on 13th (Angus Street and 13th Avenue)
SCHEDULE: 5 July 4:30, 6 July 7:15
RATING: 3.5/5

Martin Dockery’s Spaulding Gray-on-crystal-meth delivery tells the story of a relationship in crisis and the protagonist’s father cross-pollinating another family tree 10,000 miles away. Dockery’s southeast Asian travelogue quite entertaining, and moving at times — especially with an ending that both Hemmingway and O. Henry would love — but it’s only later that there’s not much insight into the human condition — unless you want to take away from a play is how not to conduct yourself when you’re visiting Angkor Wat with a head full of LSD.


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Author: Stephen LaRose

2006 winner of the Canadian Association of University Teachers's Award of Excellence in Journalism for a bunch of prairie dog stuff. Invited into the best homes in Regina. Once.