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Allegheny, BC (Stupid Boy in an Ugly Town)

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Vancouver-based musician/poet/actor Rodney DeCroo weaves his many talents together to share the moving tale of his life so far. Accompanied by the gorgeous cello stylings of Clara Shandler, this hybrid show is part music, part poetry and all entertaining. Like many a talented folksinger, DeCroo’s voice isn’t a thing of beauty, but the power is in the words and his tales of growing up along the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania and in British Columbia are stark, heart-wrenching and gorgeous. Evoking the ghosts of his past — his beloved grandmother, war-damaged father or a ne’er-do-well cowboy with false teeth — DeCroo’s simple presentation is haunting.

Moving back and forth among, songs, stories and poems, DeCroo proves to be an unassuming yet mesmerizing performer, the honesty of the words and emotions ringing true for all.

Sad, sweet and life-affirming Allegheny, BC’s waters run deep.

— Barb Stewart

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: Jane Heyman / Rodney DeCroo

Cast: Rodney DeCroo / Clara Shandler

The promoters of Jake's Gift, Man 1 Bank 0 and One Man Star Wars/LOTR present a gritty tale of childhood along the Allegheny River near Pittsburgh. Singer/poet Rodney DeCroo mixes songs, poetry and stories into a beautiful tapestry of theatre.

***** "Allegheny, BC is incredible." - CBC

***** "Few artists risk attempting it: turning something profoundly and deeply painful into a work of transformative beauty." - Georgia Straight

**** "honest and beautifully observed." Vancouver Sun

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Coarse Language

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