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Dim the Fluorescents (2018)

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"Dim The Fluorescents" follows the friendship and creative partnership between struggling actor Audrey (Claire Armstrong) and aspiring playwright Lillian (Naomi Skwarna). Lacking a proper outlet for their creativity, they funnel all of their considerable passion and talent into the only paying work they can find: role-playing demonstrations for corporate seminars. With copious re-writes and rehearsals, immersive lighting and sound design, and wildly uninhibited performances, the duo attempts to elevate these ostensibly educational presentations (on subjects such as 'Handling the Dissatisfied Customer' and 'Workplace Safety') to the realm of high art... all for bewildered audiences of mid-level office employees. When Lillian and Audrey book their biggest gig to date - at a hotel conference with an expected audience of three-hundred - the two commence what will surely be their most ambitious production to date. Over the course of their lengthy and emotionally fraught rehearsal process, two lifetimes' worth of personal, professional and creative compromises rise to the surface and the ensuing tensions threaten to derail both the production and their friendship. As wryly funny as it is unexpectedly poignant, "Dim The Fluorescents" is a one-of-a-kind portrait of the artistic life and process in the unlikeliest of settings.

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Skwarna and Armstrong's quirky chemistry keeps the lights on in this overlong debut.

January 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Fluorescents' showy camera moves and full-jazz-hands theater-kid dorkiness are a tonic against the excessively muted naturalism that has come to define indie style.

January 12, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Mr. Warth, who wrote the screenplay with Miles Barstead, creates a flawed tale of female friendship and the artist's everlasting struggle. Unfortunately, "Dim the Fluorescents" can't keep its story together.

January 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Warth has created an astonishing calling card - an earnest and entertaining celebration of process and performance, not to mention a tremendous showcase for two homegrown actors on the cusp of greatness.

December 8, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The two lead actors, along with Toronto writer/director Daniel Warth and co-writer Miles Barstead, make a virtue out the film's unsteady tone.

December 7, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A playwright and an actress living together should complement each other, and these two women have remarkable chemistry throughout; in a movie with empathy for individuals who choose theater as a profession regardless of limited job openings.

January 12, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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