Toronto’s market crash spoof at Edinburgh Fringe – Arts & Entertainment – CBC News
As markets around the world melt down, an award-winning comedy created by a group of independent Toronto theatre companies is spoofing the financial crisis in Edinburgh. Spent is one of several Canadian productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest such event and a testing ground for theatre.
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit and Canadian comedians DeAnne Smith, Sharron Matthews and Glenn Wool are also among the hundreds of acts getting ready to take a turn on Edinburgh stages. Spent — written by Michele Smith, Dean Gilmour, Ravi Jain and Adam Paolozza — debuts Friday in Edinburgh. A co-production between Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Why Not Theatre and TheatreRUN Canada, it had a successful engagement in Toronto in 2009.
A Dora Award-winner for best performance, the production features two actors portraying a variety of international characters reacting to the 2008 market crash. The satire blends physical comedy and absurdist humour in order to poke fun at the greed and political dysfunction that led to that crisis.
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