Finding Mr. Right: An audacious satire

Veronica Appia

Editor-in-Chief

The jig is up and the claws are out. Nathan (Stephen Near), the chief of staff and Shelly (Lauren Repei), the director of political operations are sitting in Nathan's office in Ottawa, surrounded by dailies and dread. 

There is scandal on Parliament Hill, particularly involving one corrupt senator, and a plan must be devised in order to get the Prime Minister and the Conservative government out of turmoil.

Without mentioning any names, we know what this play is inspired by and Near is successful at directing a relevant piece that shines a spotlight on current political issues and has audiences thinking about the impending federal election.  

The actors do a wonderful job at deeply conflicting with one another as they throw all their dirty laundry on the table. The characters certainly have a hard, unmendable relationship as they continually butt heads with Nathan as the religious, patriotic self-imposed hero and Shelly as the stone-faced political climber. 

My only criticism is that Shelly is such an inherently unlikable character that the final plot twist hardly comes as a surprise. It's all way too predictable to have the intended impact. 

That being said, Finding Mr. Right is a powerful, yet accessible, political satire that urges audiences to think about politics and to ensure that their voices are heard. 

Presented by Same Boat Theatre Company, Finding Mr. Right is playing at Mills Hardware as part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival until July 26. For more information visit www.hamiltonfringe.ca.