Reunited Shorts

Award Winning Short Plays Written by Len Cuthbert
Produced by Fridge Door Live Theatre Company

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London Free Press Review

Reunions aren't always what you expect as Reunited Shorts reveals

Reunions can be anything, from joyous to awkward, angry to confusing.

Updated: June 5, 2019

Reunions can be anything, from joyous to awkward, angry to confusing.

London-area playwright Len Cuthbert touches all those bases and more in his Reunited Shorts on at the TAP Centre for Creativity during London Fringe, presented by his Fridge Door Theatre Company based in Mount Brydges.

The show is comprised of scenes from six outstanding short plays about reunion, including the 2012 London Fringe offering, delilah, The Gift Exchange, Benched, Table for Two Rendezvous, Last Dance and You, Me. Me, You.

It is performed by five talented young actors, including Fynn Cuthbert, Aaron Mayordomo, Naomi Simpson, Emma Vanderkuyl and Kendall Zurowski.

Len Cuthbert’s scripts for each of the six vignettes are taut and clever, especially The Gift Exchange.

In putting them together, Cuthbert is able to tap a wide range of emotions in his audience, supported by some very fine acting, that makes it truly delicious Fringe fare.

Delilah is about the reunion of two young women when one is dying.

The Gift Exchange is about a woman hiring an old friend who is also a new lawyer for being falsely accused of stealing a collector’s edition of Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

Table for Two Rendezvous is about a married couple, an airline pilot and Broadway actress, whose relationship is built around meeting for a brief coffee.

You, Me. Me, You is about a man and woman meeting at a high school reunion but don’t recognize each other — for good reason.

Benched is about two young people, a former couple, who meet unexpectedly at a park bench and fall into the same troubles that broke them up.

The final vignette, Last Dance, is such a poignant, beautiful surprise, I’ll say no more.

The sets are sparse and quickly arranged by the actors without interrupting the flow of emotion.

There’s nothing terribly quirky about this show, just straight-ahead traditional theatre. But it is excellent entertainment and I strongly recommend it be included on the lists of Fringe goers.

There are two shows remaining on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.

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