Halifax Fringe Review

I love volunteering.

The main reason; besides helping out in the community and meeting new people, I get to see shows for free.

Out of three shifts, I had the chance to see seven plays (including one of them twice).

Here are my reviews of those seven.

No Strings Attached

Seventeen minutes of talking about sex, periods and masturbation. What else are you going to do when you have a tampon stuck up you? A great performance Amy Hurley and Hannah K Martin and I will admit the jokes were smart. Enjoyable and funny, yes, but all in all, uncomfortable. Glad it was only 17 minutes.

Legoland

What do you do when you whole word is turned upside down? Sell drugs and make a cross country road trip to try to convince the love of your life that his reinvention is a huge mistake and then put together a presentation about it. On this high energy joy ride, Maggie Hammel and Hernicus Gielis are smart, hilarious and I need their script so I can insert their clever repartee into my conversations.

Suddenly, There

The epitome of artistic symbolism, this one woman show contemplates death, the vastness of the universe and her space in it. Joined with audio clips of her family as it brings context to her behaviour, Alexandra Montagnese’s performance was crisp and smooth as every movement is precise and calculated. A beautiful performance of a heartbreakingly beautiful story.

Vasectomy Baby/Just Add What?

Newfoundlanders Luke Lawerence and Matt Wright’s standup routines weren’t for everyone. With some interesting lines and stories, their sets were funny but overall a slow moving show. Everyone I talked to though thoroughly enjoyed it so like I said, not for everyone.

Fault Lines

What happens when your mom likes your friend better than you? Jessica Barry, Rena May Kossatz and Paige Smith examine the relationships between mothers, daughters and friends in this touching drama set over a twenty year span. Not only does it take on the relationships between three strong characters, but also takes on difficulty of when to do somethings just for you.

Daydreams of Kaleidoscopes

Everyone has problems. Even the doctor whose patient is going to die. The conversation that ensues is both irritating and justifiable as the doctor and patient roles are constantly changing. Who does a doctor talk to when the failure of death becomes to much to handle and starts to affect his life outside his office? And what about the patient and his imminent death? His neurological disorder makes him see visions and the visions are getting worse causing him to understand that he will not get better. Again, simple premise with only the patient and a chair on stage. The language of the visions are so vivid that you can understand what the patient is seeing.

Thought, Word, and Deed

The small town rumor mill makes an innocent high school senior questions his identity and his relationship with his younger girlfriend, especially when her brother makes things difficult for him. The premise is simple; your identity isn’t defined by what people say about you, especially people who don’t know you. Loved the cast and loved the story as it takes on the trouble of figuring out who you are in a world that paints you in a different light.

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