Reviews - Fringe 2015

Fringe 2015 Review: KNEEL! DIAMOND DOGS

By Shawn Selway
Published July 24, 2015


This is a terrific show. A densely written script is performed at high energy throughout but with a great deal of nuance and detail.

Playwright Michael Posthumus is working with a text that could stand alone - not usually a recommendation in a theatre piece but in this case every witty turn of phrase is delivered.

From the hellhound entrance to the omni-gendered torch-song finale, this thing moves. Among many amusing twists is the late appearance of a remote musical ancestor common to both Neil Diamond and David Bowie. Can't imagine who this might be? See this play for the startling truth.

A very funny, very smart meditation on the joys and perils of that tormented teenage drive for autonomy - terribly prolonged and tortuous for this poor guy, but all the more entertaining for the rest of us, and all the better for him in the end.

Shawn Selway is a Stelco trained millwright who runs a consultancy in the interpretation and conservation of historic machinery. He lives in the North End with his family.

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