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To all the audiences whose positive word of mouth made us both the highest-attended show at our venue and the 9th-highest-attended show in the festival, we appreciate your enthusiasm and support. THANK YOU!

We're the encore performance at Mixed Blood Theatre!
Come see us Sunday night August 9th at 8:30 pm for a bonus sixth performance!


City Pages' Quinton Skinner says,
"This is the sort of find that keeps us coming to the Fringe."

The Pioneer Press says we're "Worth Considering"!
"Steve Moulds' dark comedy has a killer premise.... Matt Rein's aw-shucks charm, Lindsay Marcy's not-quite-grieving widow and the deadpan, Men in Black-ish antics of Sam Landman and Ian Miller give the show a flavor that's both Fringy and mainstream."

Fringe Famous gives us 5 stars!
"Hilarious, and a fantastic ambassador for the Minnesota Fringe 2009.... Put this one on your schedule."

And Minnesota Public Radio calls us a "good bet"!

A clerical error brings two hitmen into Matt's life. Will he need to stoop to their level to force them back out?

This world-premiere comedy, written specifically for the cast, creates an absurd universe of red tape and customer service guarantees. When two hitmen kill the wrong man, their attempts to rectify the situation mirror the ineptitude of the modern corporate help desk.

Playwright Steve Moulds returns to the Minnesota Fringe after the success of his 2007 comedy Killer Smile. Moulds also spent this summer directing Walking Shadow's hit production of Robots vs. Fake Robots.

He teams up with veteran director Sarah Gioia, who has worked with some of the funniest performers in the Twin Cities, including Joseph Scrimshaw, David Mann, and Craig Johnson.


The cast

Steve Moulds
Role: Playwright
Steve Moulds' play Killer Smile premiered in the 2007 Fringe. He has also been produced at the Illusion Theater (Von Rollo), Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Chicago Avenue Project at Pillsbury House. In June, Steve directed the regional premiere of Robots vs. Fake Robots for Walking Shadow. Steve is currently a Michener Center fellow in playwriting at the University of Texas at Austin.

Sarah Gioia
Role: Director
Sarah Gioia has directed and dramaturged over 80 productions, readings, and workshops at theatres such as Cincinnati Playhouse, The Guthrie, CTC, The Playwrights' Center, History Theatre, Gremlin Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre's Chicago Avenue Project, and CHAT. Sarah's work can currently be seen at the Science Museum of Minnesota as part of the "Titanic" exhibit.

Marie Strampe
Role: Stage Manager
Marie Strampe is back to the Twin Cities after stage managing The Odd Couple at Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Other recent endeavors include child supervision for Caroline, or Change (Guthrie), assistant stage managing Baseball Saved Us (Stages Theatre Co. and Mu Performing Arts), and interning on Iqbal (CTC).

Matt Rein
Role: Actor (Matt)
Matt was recently seen in Robots vs. Fake Robots with Walking Shadow. Other roles include Romeo (Romeo and Juliet) and Falcon (Five Fingers of Funk) at Children's Theatre, Sean (Orson's Shadow) and Charles (The Water Engine) at Gremlin Theatre.

Sam Landman
Role: Actor (Parker)
Sam L. Landman's last MN Fringe effort was in Dan O'Neil's Baggage. Sam and his performing partner, Matthew Glover, are also known as the comedy duo Pommelhorse. Their plays include Feelgood Hits of the '70s and its prequel, I Hate Don Shelby. Sam and Matthew are also working on a show for next year's Fringe called A Sad Carousel.

Lindsay Marcy
Role: Actor (Rachel)
Lindsay Marcy's past performances include: Robots vs Fake Robots, Ringtone, Animal Farm, Notari, Notari, Cipher, Jesus Hates Me, Mercy of a Storm, Always... Patsy Cline, and Von Rollo. Lindsay is a graduate from the U of MN with a BA in Theater Arts and Dance.

Ian Miller
Role: Actor (Man of Few Words)
Ian was last seen as Henry Antrobus in The Skin of Our Teeth (Girl Friday Productions). Other roles include George Gibbs in Our Town, Malcolm in Macbeth (Torch Theater), Bernie in The Water Engine (Gremlin Theatre), Sebastian in Twelfth Night, Sgt. Trotter in The Mousetrap, & the title role in Henry V (Theatre in the Round).

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Sarah Gioia and Steve Moulds

Buyer's Remorse

Sat., Aug. 1 @ 8:30 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 2 @ 7:00 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 5 @ 5:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 8 @ 4:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 9 @ 4:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 9 @ 8:30 p.m.

Warning! Violence, Adult language, Loud noises/gunshots

Venue Mixed Blood Theatre
For ages 18+
Written by Steve Moulds
genres Comedy
features World premiere, Original script/choreography

Overall rating

User reviews

Go See? Yes.
by Nick Decker Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Attention must be paid to Sam Landman and Ian Miller's conflicting yet complimenting performances, serving as foils to the ridiculous relationship of assassins Parker and "Man of Few Words" Johnson. That they feel sidelined as secondary characters to a less interesting A-story is my sole complaint with this show.

Strong Show
by Melissa Beukema Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
This was a strong show and a great way to cap off Fringe. I laughed often and loved the originality of the story.

However, some of the story lines seemed thrown in and/or not well developed.

had a great time
by Dan Pinkerton Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Well acted, tightly paced, very funny. At times, screamingly funny. The whole cast was great, but I'd like to give a special shout out to Sam Landman was perfect as the sad sack hired killer.

Only flaw was in one section of the script --- the girlfriend was a thankless, generic role that even Lindsay Marcy, a terrific actress, could not salvage. (Not to mention the fact that I *knew* she was having an affair the instant she showed up on stage.) Steve M., you need to go back to the ol' computer and work on those scenes.

Darkly hilarious
by Leslie Norris Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Loved the concept and the execution was wonderful! Terrific actors with superb timing have a great time with the show. Go! There's still time (8:30 tonight)!

Entertaining with a twist
by Josh Berman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
If you're looking for an entertaining way to spend your 830 hour tonight, you won't go wrong with this show, the Mixed Blood's Fringe encore (provided you're in the mood for a fairly dark comedy, that is!). It's a not-that-subtle take on bureaucracy and the twisted turns taken by relationships, with plenty of laugh out loud moments throughout. However, IMHO it's not a PG13 show, due to language/plot.

by Kassie Church Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A very good concept and execution. The original script was funny and dark. The actors were some of the best I've seen this year at Fringe. Good stuff.

Perfectly executed, but...
by Sharon Kahn Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
It certainly didn't sound appealing in the show description (what - ANOTHER show about cold-blooded murder? Is that the secret theme of the Fringe this year?) but we added it to our schedule after numerous recommendations from passing strangers in line at other shows. Sure enough, it was well done and I'm glad we saw it. The actors were excellent, especially Sam Landman as Parker the hitman and Matt Rein as Matt. Tone was a bit of a problem, though. Matt's character reacts to events like a normal human being, whereas the others are all caricatures of one type or another. Rachel is particularly disturbing, coming off as a borderline sociopath. It left me unsure whether I should be treating it all as a silly spoof and laughing at the clever lines or if it was supposed to be a nightmare scenario from the point of view of Matt.

2 chances left!
by Emma Gochberg Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Buyer's Remorse won the Encore for a reason so you now have 2 chances left to see this really fun show.

I loved the outstanding cast in this show. I have seen the three men in other shows and they were fantastic, as always, but I was also really impressed with Lindsay, who I had seen perform before this. All four create a great ensemble.

Congrats to all!

by Lindsey McDonald Dorsey Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Tight script, beautiful comedic acting; great, great show.

Even though things are more-or-less resolved by the end, a second act would be great if this got a remount eventually - don't know what it would be, it was just such a good show it made me greedy like that.

Serendipity be praised!
by Kay Jackson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
You cannot have a full Fringe experience without stumbling on at least one unexpected gem. We decided to take a chance on this show for convenience of location and timing, and found one of our favorite shows of the festival! A clever script, ably directed with actors whose timing is spot on made for an hour of non-stop laughs, and a show we're still talking about.

Completely Hilarious
by Fritzi Chicago Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Flawlessly directed, this play knows how to deliver laughs. The cast have incredible timing and chemistry. If you haven't set aside time to see this one, make sure you do.

My husband and I loved it
by Winnie P. Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I thought it was very well written and quite clever. Parker was fantastic!! Keep up the good work!

by Susan Weston Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show features outstanding actors, expert direction, and a wildly funny script. Bravo!!

great actors, not so great script
by Sarah Bauer Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
It took a little while to get going and got better by the end. The really funny parts were great, but there were also a lot of slow sections.

Darkly Brilliant
by Beverly Bajus Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Black humor honed to the fine point of a knife in script and performance. Hilarious!

Superb script
by David Trudeau Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Well done - keeps us guessing and laughing - full of surprises.

Fringe fave!
by J. P. Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
It's a dark comedy, but much funnier than you might expect from that label. My friends and I are still talking about it. Sam Landman's performance is a standout!

So Funny!
by Carol Ropella Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is dark comedy at its finest with terrific actors and a hilarious premise. The performers all have excellent comedic timing and the audience loved it! Check it out this weekend if you want to laugh your head off.

Tons of Fun!
by Bryan Jay Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show is laugh-out-loud funny. I highly recommend seeing this show. Sam and Ian are a perfect pair while Matt and Lindsay shine. The whole crew is comedy at its best.

Great show!
by philip geller Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
All the actors are great, and Sam Landman truly is magnificent. Sarah Gioia knows how to put on a show. This is the fringe at its best.

Entertaining enough
by phillip andrew bennett low Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
A perfectly adequate sitcom -- nothing particularly noteworthy, but it's a reasonably pleasant hour. Full review available at the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

Worth checking out.
by Clarence Wethern Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Good show. Sam Landman and Ian Miller are at the top of their comedy game.

by Nick Bundt Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I know it's incredibly difficult to see everything at Fringe, but I must say I can claim this is one of the best shows in the Festival and not have to worry about being misleading. The script was tight, and the acting was top notch. Some criticism I have is that they screwball characters can stray a little too much into zaniness. They start to detract away from the more "normal" protagonist and girlfriend. The disconnect can be funny, but if the gap is too far, the play could potentially fall apart. Luckily, the acting talent, for this performance, was up to the task and then some.

Sam and Ian are awesome
by Carin Bratlie Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Another show with a totally absurd situation being treated with deadpan seriousness (see: Squwak) and executed well. Sam and Ian especially stand out in their commitment to comedic timing and storytelling.
Although the storyline faltered a little towards the end, overall it's a fun show and worth seeing.

A-List Actors, Playwright, and Director
by Sid Solomon Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
If you're not familiar with the work of Steve Moulds, Sarah Gioia, Matt Rein, Sam Landman, Ian Miller, or Lindsay Marcy, this play would be a phenomenal introduction. I wickedly funny story, suited to the best strengths of these terrific actors, staged with efficiency and skill by one of the best directors in town. Highly recommended!

Moulds + Landman = I Laugh
by Ben Thietje Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The postcard is the only thing I didn't like about this show.

No buyer's remorse with this $12
by Florence Brammer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A wonderful show that seemed to be appreciated by everyone in the crowded house at the Sunday perfornmance I caught. Great script, great direction, great acting.

It will make your Fringe
by Matt Dawson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Great script, stellar actors, and Sarah Gioia's smart and accomplished hands at the helm. Seriously the most fully realized and well put together "straight play" in the fest.

treat yourself. do this show.
by Amber Bjork Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
you got landman in my rein! you got rein in my landman! two great actors that act great together!

add a script by mr. moulds, and this black hitman comedy goes down like sweet, sweet candy.

It deserves "six kitties!"
by Hilary Novacek Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This play was fantastic and I would recommend this to anyone who wants to be truly entertained. We happened across this play by chance when we bumped into a fringer asking "what's good?" and exchanging recommendations. Their suggestion was dead on and we are so glad we listened! Smart script and outstanding acting, the comedic timing was genius. There is not much else to say but: "INCREDIBLE! GO SEE IT! You won't regret it!"

Five Kitties, Dammit!
by Shanan Wexler Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The chemistry between Sam and Matt is reason alone to check this show out. The script is smart, funny and dark; the direction is so clean. The way Ian lurks throughout the show is a testament to quiet comedy. Go!

by Anthony Rydberg Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
There's so much to love about the show. The cast and crew earns your interest, fascination, and laughs honestly with a great script, impeccable casting and nuanced character depth. Make "Buyer's Remorse" a priority!

I'm going again
by Sarah Holmberg Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
So well done. I really love watching a show come together with such clarity. Wonderful script, performances, direction and staging make for a not-to-be-missed show. I could rave and rave, but all you need to know is that you should make sure to see it as soon as possible.

by Justin Alexander Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Simply brilliant!

Moulds' script is virtually flawless, devastatingly clever, and rib-achingly funny. Gioia stages it with an elegant, yet evocative, simplicity.

And then there's the cast. They are an exemplary assemblage of talent, and they take advantage of the strong foundation given to them by Gioia and Moulds to blow the roof off the theater.

As I write this, the Fringe is yet young. But Buyer's Remorse could very easily be the best show of the year.

It's not to be missed.

Buyer's Remorse
by Danielle Siver Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show was so fantastically funny and packed with talent. The whole cast is amazing and the script is a riot.
Loved it!

by Fenyx Fitz Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Rousted more laughter out of me than anything so far. Fav Fringe show so far.

darkly hilarious
by Katie Kaufmann Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I really enjoyed this show. I went in thinking it was going to be a drama about the mortgage crisis and was pleasantly surprised to find out that it wasn't and that it was really really clever and funny. My hat goes off especially to Sam Landman for his impeccable comic timing and to the rest of the wonderful cast on their relishment of the sick humor of it all.

by Kristi Lawless Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was a blast. There was a packed crowd and eveyone seemed to be having a great time. Very funny premise, and great performances.

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