Edmonton Fringe Festival 2021 Review: Destination Wedding

The playwright plants deliciously intriguing clues throughout the storyline, and the performances of all three actors are crisp and tight.

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Stage C Westbury Theater

Destination wedding is a lot of fun.

Starring Michelle Todd as Brit, Cheryl Jamieson as Honey, and Kristin Johnston as Marlene – the 60-minute play sees three sisterly sisters reunited for a wedding later at a tropical resort.

There, the trio’s best friend, Sandra, marries a man of uncertain provenance who is the same age as Sandra’s daughter.

What is strange is that Sandra is nowhere to be found when her friends arrive. While there are distant sightings and a happily cryptic note, Sandra’s absence becomes more and more disturbing as the wedding day approaches.

Written and directed by Trevor Schmidt, Destination Wedding is quick and smart. The playwright plants deliciously intriguing clues throughout the storyline, and the performances of all three actors are crisp and tight. (Kristin Johnston is especially funny playing both Marlene and Sandra’s daughter Amy.) It would be a five-star show without an end, which isn’t so much an ending as it is irritating.

Fringe shows are often a work in progress, and with tickets cheaper than dirt, we’re wise to keep expectations low. Nonetheless, I would appreciate a little icing on this cake.

– Liane Faulder

Read all of our Fringe 2021 reviews at edmontonjournal.com/fringe.


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