I started what turned out to be a fantastic Friday evening with the infamous Birdmann. He has been to Victoria before, most recently at the 2012 UNO Fest. I caught his performance last year and in my review wrote, “The show, of course, is hilarious and his character is fearless and unmatched in creativity and a spark that the audience couldn’t get enough of.” Although I would agree with myself this time around, I would also say that this performance of The Birdmann In Momentous Timing brought Victoria a more crafted, plot driven show. Although parts of the show were reminiscent of his previous acts, he took his classic vaudeville style patched together with clever one-liners and brought in a murder mystery with a slight twist. The Birdmann as a character is quirky, at times vain, but all around a refreshing comedy. I cannot say too much about the content of the show itself, as I don’t want to give anything away, but if you’re looking for a show that with purely entertain you, don’t miss the Birdmann.
I followed up the Birdmann with Molly Noonan’s Footprints at the Metro Studio. Footprints follows the story of a soldier stuck in a minefield asking himself the question, What happens when the footprints stop? That statement is taken literally in the show as he is following a set of footprints that he found out of the minefield wondering if the previous soldier is still alive. The statement is also asked in a broader sense of the character’s life. The play takes you back through the soldier, Abraham or Abbey’s, life at home with a religious mother as he struggles with his sexuality. As a whole, I thought the story was well crafted but what stood out the most for me was the main actor, Taylor Lewis. He brought out such an intensity from his character and did a fantastic job emphasizing the conflicts in Abbey’s life. I recommend this show for anyone looking for a good story.
I finished off my evening with An Improvised Quentin Tarantino. The Paper St. Theatre crew never fails to impress on their sheer improvisational talent. Although they got tossed a few oddball suggestions (literally making a sketch on the word “sh*t sling”), they created an absolutely hilarious show. They took various aspects of Tarantino, mainly his conversational style and a lot of staging and movement from Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. That’s not to say they copy it exactly, but they mold his style into the show that makes it unmistakably Tarantino-esque. The music for the show, however, fit perfectly as if it came right out of a Tarantino movie. Each show will be different, and I think with more audience thought put into suggestions, the next show will be even better.
Three of the cast members from An Improvised Quentin Tarantino came into the CFUV studio yesterday afternoon to give a radio play version of the show, “Fish Guts & Glory.”
Today I am heading to Wood Hall for Wolf Trek: Alone in the Woods and following up a little later on with Folie A Deux. Happy Fringe!
Until next time,