Reviews - Fringe 2019

The Promised Land

By Bryan Boodhoo
Published July 29, 2019


The Promised Land is one of many noir type shows at the Fringe this year. At 90 minutes, this might be the longest.

The plot in this show is fairly tight, and moves along at a decent pace. There is a fair amount of laughter to be had. The Playwright, Paul Koster, has been doing this for a while, having debuted his first play "Live! at the Apocalypse" in the 1997 Toronto Fringe. It shows.

The lights and sounds of this show are done well, and help keep the audience engaged. To that end, director A.G. Mann does a very good job with this piece.

The acting in this piece ranges the spectrum from the very great to actors (at least at the performance I saw) fumbling for their lines. The very best performance was by Laura Kyswaty playing Vera Lang-Guttman. She may be familiar if you listen to audio books or if you are fan of Murdoch Mysteries.

Bryan Boodhoo is a Hamilton-based playwright, director, short fiction writer and lawyer. His plays have been produced in Edmonton, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo and Hamilton. He is also part of the Theatre Aquarius Playwright's Unit. His most recent play, "G-Star Live's Notes from IKEA Burlington" is playing at Evergreen Hamilton Community Storefront (294 James St. North) as part of the 2018 Hamilton Fringe Gallery series.

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