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"While it might sound more like Orwell's 1984 than NBC's Parks and Recreation, this production makes comedy gold out of it's pseudo-dystopic premise."
★★★★
2018 WINNIPEG FRINGE THEATRE FESTIVAL
CBC News Manitoba
The Last 48 was created and workshopped by the collective members of ArtLaunch Theatre Company from October of 2017 to April of 2018. The project premiered at the Rachel Browne Theatre on July 18th, 2018, running until July 29th as a part of the 2018 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre  Festival  with  the  following  cast  and  creative  team: 
                                           Sebastian St. Louis / Sebby                       Wes Rambo 
                                           Margaret T. Hatcher / Margot               Pamela Roz
                                           Daniel Johnston                                            Jack Maier
                                           Rebecca Martinez / O (Voice)                Emily Meadows
                                           Brian Beagle                                                    Chris Sousa
                                           Co-Director                                        Raffie Rosenberg
                                           Co-Director / Dramaturge         Simon Miron
                                           Lighting Design                                 Tori Popp
                                           Sound Design                                     Camille Intson
                                           Sound Operation                              Daphne Finlayson
                                           Stage Manager                                  Daphne Finlayson
Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, Photos by Melissa Hansen

 

"The workplace sitcom gets a high-concept spin in The Last  48 — a hilarious new comedy from Winnipeg's ArtLaunch  Theatre Company.

 

At an advertising agency that's been taken over by a robotic voice that sees and hears all, five co-workers race to save their jobs and create a perfect commercial pitch.

While it might sound more like Orwell's 1984 than NBC's Parks and Recreation, this production makes comedy gold out of it's pseudo-dystopic premise. The jokes fly fast and nearly all land, as do a handful of perfectly executed music cues. And don't even get me started on the unexpected sexual tension between two characters in particular. Swoon.  

These co-workers are no doubt funnier and more foul mouthed than your own — and the actors do a commendable job with a tight, and very funny, script. Come for the high-concept premise, stay for the crack comedic timing."

- Andrew Friesen, CBC News Manitoba

"★★★★"

"As the sell-out(s) of this production would indicate, this is not one to miss."

 

"Funny show with a talented and charming cast. I was engaged the entire time!"

"Oh, and just a heads up, The Last 48 happens to be the best Fringe play I've ever seen."

"I loved it so much I'm going back tomorrow!"

"The acting and directing is crisp, the timing is perfect, and the passion riveting. The play is funny, witty, and dirty with surprising sub-plots and an ending that makes you question your moral fabric. In other words, the perfectly written and produced theatre experience."

"Enjoyed The Last 48 — Stellar cast that reminded us of Person of Interest meets The Office. Funny and very thought provoking! #BigBrotherIsWatching"

"Fabulous show! Absolutely hilarious! Will certainly be back again."

"We're so happy to support local talent and love the concept for ArtLaunch. Thought-provoking in the digital age. Can't wait to see more!"

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