Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Treaty 321

SHOW TITLE: Treaty 321
RUNNING TIME: 2 h
VENUE: The Lucille Lortel
GENRE: Comedy/Musical
AIR CONDITIONED: Yes
INTERMISSION: No

RATING: 3

RATING SCALE:
0 Run, don’t walk away from this disaster
1 Proceed with caution
2 Mild summer fare
3 More than just hype
4 Don’t miss this one its FRINGE-tastic!

COMMENTS:

‘Treaty 321’ is a satiric, socio-political musical comedy of war-strained life and love. I enjoyed the play immensely. The character of the narrator, played by Bob Barth, is most memorable. The play opens with the narrator sitting on his recliner with a can of beer in hand, as he recounts the life of the hero, Peter Lacrosse following his enlistment in the German Army, embarking for battle with neighbouring nation Plebeia after its supposed violation of the all-important Treaty 321.

Bob, with his easy demeanor, casually flinging his humorous lines at the audience makes an impression from scene one. To prove his point that narration is indeed an onerous task Bob challenges the play’s protagonist Lacrosse to take on the role of the narrator during Act Two of the play. Needless to say Lacrosse doesn’t succeed (and I couldn’t wait for Bob to take back the controls).

POST-FRINGE PREDICTIONS:

Certainly has possibilities as an off-Broadway play.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard this show was so good. Glad to hear people are enjoying so much of the festival this year!

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Bob Barth said...

A friend just told me about this review. Thank you very much for the kind words.

5:51 AM  

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