Monday, June 4, 2018

Scum: A Manifesto at Fringe

Scantily Glad Theatre from Saskatchewan Canada presented, Scum: A Manifesto which is a two woman show that takes a look inside the mind of Valerie Solanas, the mother of radical feminism and the woman who shot Andy Warhol. The premise is simple, Men are Scum who should be eliminated from the earth. Being male, I suppose I agree. Since these woman turned from men they needed to turn to each other for physical intimacy. They never quite pulled it off.

The Andy Warhol connection was visualized by a projection of Marylin Monroe's silkscreen print on the back wall of the theater. I imagine the corn Flakes boxes were synonymous with Warhol's use of common day commercial items in his art. He was better known for soup cans one which did appear on a t-shirt. There were lots of on stage costume changes. One woman had street smarts and Valerie's accent but she was sure any creative idea she had would be stolen. The other woman was a true radical wanting to kill all men. They were cut from the same bolt of cloth. Scenes revolved around everyday event like brushing their teeth and getting dressed. A bottle of booze was handed out to a woman in the audience and she ultimately finished it off by the end of the show.

I didn't quite know what to make of the show since "my kind" being male and an artist, was under attack. There were a few funny moments and I laughed uncomfortably since I might be finished off at any moment.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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