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Happy Hour

comedy · happy hour the play · Ages 13+ · United States of America

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June 15, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

The ease of the actors on stage. It felt very natural and relaxed. The show is all about small talk and they portrayed that well.

What I didn't like

I wished so many times that there would have been music playing in the background, like at a real bar. I know the constraints of the Fringe budget might have been a factor, but I think the dull hum of music in the background would have made the setting even more believable – and with the right sound design having specific songs come up during the silences would have really put the show over the top.

My overall impression

It was a fun night at the theatre. Delightful slice of life with an endearing cast. Susan Kohler stole the whole show with her quirky and understated performance. Ken Breese was a delight as the frustrated yet very funny husband of the extremely unlikable wife (the character, not the actress – the beautiful Danielle Motley). Jacob Lyle was super charming as the best man and I kept waiting for him to make a move on the older woman – their chemistry was electric! Alison Sieke as the waitress was a great support to the cast.

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