Fringe Fest 2013: Kuwaiti Moonshine brings imagery alive
Andy, a Canadian teacher in Kuwait, gets arrested for bootlegging date rum, and faces severe punishment under Shariah law. Andy is a lost and wandering drunk. Making your protagonist a self-defined loser is a risky move, but solo actor and playwright Tim C. Murphy brings clear-eyed charm to his performance, and, in his script, he creates some memorable imagery—including a vision of God and pencils that appears when Andy is using a school urinal in Grade 4. The momentum of Kuwaiti Moonshine comes and goes, though. Andy’s complaint about his pointless life repeats too often, and just before the climax, Andy goes into a long tangent, recounting his guard’s brutally compelling—but poorly placed—back story.
At the Waterfront Theatre. Remaining performances on September 8 (7:40 p.m.), 10 (5 p.m.), 13 (10:40 p.m.), and 15 (6:45 p.m.).