Aplombusrhombus blew Fringe audiences away this past summer with their hilarious, yet heartbreaking pantomime show Cardinal and now dynamic duo Madeleine Hall and Mitchell Rose are here at the Fresh Meat Theatre Festival presenting their creepy comedy “Oh No!” said the parrot. Creating a universe in which humor and horror exist on the same spectrum, this piece exists in a certain state of unreality that is guaranteed to keep you entertained. I hope this company continues to produce work in the future because the creativity they are putting out is really worth noting.
Madeleine Boyes-Manseau has created a uniquely extravagant seven-minutes closet/boudoir for this production that, true to its billing, is indeed a highly intimate performance for one. In 7 Minutes in Heaven, Boyes-Manseau explores this theme of intimacy, particularly in its relation to the objectification of our bodies and to desire.
There is a back-story to this piece that informs its content without requiring knowledge of its particulars. I’ll include this back-story later on, because, I’m sure Will Somers is sick to death of explaining this context, and moreover, it isn’t the point. The point is that in this show, Will Somers reveals something truly resonant as he sets out to reclaim his image and “brand” as a performer in the wake of feeling like control over his own name had slipped from his grasp.
Rapscallion Diversion’s Crow’s Nest has its issues in its current 20-minute incarnation, but these issues don’t hide its potential as a more developed, ‘feature-length’ play.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 4-ish years, you’ve probably watched a TED Talk or two. Deborah Ring, in her new piece TEAD Talks, pokes fun at TED’s very familiar segment style and through some comedic performances enlightens her audience about “Ideas Not Worth Spreading”. While the characterizations are certainly entertaining to watch, the commentary of the piece is a little confusing. Running October 20-22 as part of the Fresh Meat Theatre Festival, TEAD Talks has tons of character but lacks substance.
Two Kind Boys, riding the wave of their successful Ottawa Fringe debut Rideshares and Rope Swings, are rather less successful with their Fresh Meat debut Boy vs. Chair, though Fresh Meat is the perfect venue to get as experimental as this show does.
Statistically speaking, in 2014, more than half of Canadian households owned pets; which means that most people have probably been a pet owner at some point in their life (if not currently). Being a pet owner comes with its own set of unique responsibilities and relationships that Kevin Reid explores in his new piece Unzipping the Cat. Cat sitter turned roommate turned BFF, Reid shares a deeply personal story of his time with Winston the cat and the tough decisions that (more often than not) come along with owning a furry companion.
Are you afraid of the dark? Creator-performers John Doucet and Manon St-Jules (under the direction of co-creator Julie Le Gal) explore théâtre sans lumières in their new piece aptly titled Darkness. The piece itself does not take place on the ‘mainstage’ in the Studio lobby of Arts Court, but, in fact, in a rather small closet or storage room next to the bathrooms down the hallway. Not recommended for anyone with aversions to small enclosed spaces, Darkness is strong in concept though the text is less than illuminating.
Three presents an hilarious balance of improvised and scripted comedy that profits from the skill with which it straddles this boundary.
This show was my pick for the weekend because I thought it might be odd. It was, and I was thoroughly pleased by its oddness.