Stephen Svoboda’s The Penguin Tango is the story of a gay penguin couple in a zoo, one of whom is trying to be “turned straight” by his keepers. Much of the play is based on true events and is told from the point of view of the penguins. It’s a cute play, some of which is funny and sweet and it’s well staged by its author. But in it homage to Shakespeare, and all his love of sub-plots, forged letters, and mistaken love it just comes across as silly, and slightly overlong. Thankfully there are some good performances, most notably Steve Hayes doing his best Paul Lynde.
Fringe Rating: 4 (out of 10)
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