Overcast

Winnipeg, MB

-3°c Overcast

Full Forecast

Fog advisory in effect

Fringe Show Reviews

Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Animal Love

  • Print

starstar starstar starstar starstar starstar   Free Press Rating

starstar starstar starstar starstar starstar   Average Reader Rating

    Your Rating

Annette Roman’s Animal Love is billed as a comedy, but be warned: this Winnipeg fringe première will make you cry.

Despite the California actor’s love for all things furry and four-legged, this tender 60-minute show is actually about coming to terms with the deaths of (human) loved ones. In particular, it’s a beautiful tribute to Roman’s German mother — a strong woman who raised four kids largely on her own after kicking out their abusive father and for whom Annette must care at the end of her life, when we are our most primal selves.

The show starts slowly, but once it finds its rhythm, it’s an affecting bit of theatre. Roman is a deft performer; she plays multiple characters with grace and agility. But it’s her abilities as a storyteller that sell this show. She’s an evocative writer; you were in the living room with her at Christmas, you could feel the Texas heat on the porch in Dallas. The anxiety she feels when she’s trying to get home to her mother from Edinburgh is palpable.

Animal Love is an emotional, raw nerve of a show — the star herself was in tears by the end. Bring Kleenex.

— Jen Zoratti

From the Fringe program:

Director: David Ford/Slater Penney

Cast: Annette Roman

The tale of a woman looking for love in all the wrong animals. Raised by a dog, Annette is ill-prepared for life among humans. After many failures, she finds the perfect companions in an unusual pair of pets. Unfortunately, their expiration dates are short — and so are some people's...

Annette Roman's previous solo show Hitler's Li'l Abomination toured seven Fringe festivals in the US, Canada and the UK.

"Profound and hilarious" - Broadway Baby

"Rich material" - Edmonton Journal

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $7 for Seniors, Nurses & Vet Techs with valid ID

Warnings: None

More on the Web

History

Updated on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM CDT:
Adds review

Updated on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 2:59 PM CDT:
fixes word

  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.