While there is no universal teenage girl experience, Saudade captures many themes I remember from my teens. Stuck in suburbia and highschool while poking fun at these absurd structures. Trapped in your body and emotions while wielding them for your own expressive purposes. In an up-close and energetic solo performance, Caitlin McCarthy of Vancouver-based company Theatre Plexus makes her debut at Victoria Fringe.

This coming of age story follows Erica through her last year of highschool. She wants to do the right thing, but what she wants more is to matter. By year’s end she finds her latent potential, but it is not what she expected.

The storyline works, but what I enjoyed more was McCarthy’s performance and writing. The detailed description of the contents of Mr. Nelson’s desk. The characterization of each teacher. The way cheesy, emotional music samples are used. The attempts to explain the absurd and inexplicable. If you are intrigued, be sure to see this show.


Saudade plays at VCM Wood Hall. For showtimes click here.

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