Winnipeg Free Press – ONLINE EDITION Recycled By: Rick Caslake
eeshka peeshka Winnipeg, MB 6/07/2010 6:18 PM | Comments: 3

This two-handed dramatic comedy, penned by Winnipegger Rick Caslake, flubs an interesting premise.
Local actors Kevin Anderson and Lorraine James play former lovebirds who make dinner together 30 years after their relationship has ended. They now have nothing in common – he is an MBA who loves his beef and she is a civil servant obsessed with environmentalism. That’s pretty much it. In 55 minutes, Caslake gives us no revelations of note about their pasts and supplies no reason why they should make a fresh start. The two actors are competent amateurs, but director Barbara Best‘s casting is dubious: James looks like she would have been in elementary school 30 years ago. The virtue of the production is its elaborate kitchen set. They could recycle it for a TV cooking show.
— Morley Walker

This play is currently rated an average of 3.9 out of 5 (8 votes).
3 User Reviews

  1. POSTED BY: HM JULY 18, 2010 AT 2:07 PM It’s a shame that so many people take the Free Press reviews so seriously when considering their choices for the Fringe, because Walker is a unusually harsh reviewer, especially when he’s asked to see something with commercial appeal.”Recycled” was a warm, funny, charming play with a lot of laughs. The actors did a great job in making the characters of Sunshine and Toby come to life. It was very well-written, and, as Arthur Dent said, made me laugh out loud as well. The witty back-and-forth verbal sparring between the two characters was so enjoyable that I was a little sad when it was over. I used to review Fringe plays for many years, so I have a good sense of what the general caliber is, and this play was deserving of more than two stars. A shame that the hapless playwright drew the short straw and was reviewed by Walker. Hopefully good word-of-mouth will counteract the bad press.
  2. POSTED BY: arthurdent JULY 18, 2010 AT 12:33 PM “Recycled” has the rare gift of touching both your heart and your funny bone. There were several moments of tenderness, and it was one of the few plays this year that actually made me laugh out loud repeatedly. Morley evidently dozed through the explicitly-stated reason why the characters are making a fresh start, and it’s a reason that’s closely tied to the underlying theme: can you go back home again? When the present isn’t working out, how productive is it to look to a happier past for solace? The actors did a great job with their characters, and the writing was excellent. This is definitely a play worth seeing.
  3. POSTED BY: JULY 17, 2010 AT 7:11 PM REALLY neat idea, GREAT acting, poor execution….too bad.

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