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Blind to Happiness

Better to Burn Out/Tim C. Murphy, Salmiya, Kuwait

Posted: 07/7/2011 5:31 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/16/2011 5:01 PM | Updates

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PTE Colin Jackson Studio (Venue 17), to Sunday

Happiness is a decision. Or perhaps a gift. Or maybe it’s an inherently elusive state of mind, a carrot dangling eternally out of reach.

Tim C. Murphy’s emotionally raw one-man show tackles the thorny psychological conundrum of what it means to be happy. It’s a question pondered by a cast of restaurant staffers, a group whose happy fronts and hidden vulnerabilities are fleshed out sensitively by Murphy.

Blind to Happiness is an intelligent, often dark exploration of relationships and self-awareness, brave faces and mental illness, focusing on the struggles of dishwasher Couks, whose social ineptitude and desperate bluster strike an uncomfortable chord.

Bright promotional blurb aside, this is no chicken soup for the soul. But audiences willing to follow Murphy into some bleaker corners of the psyche will find a grittier inspiration, hard-won but more satisfying for the effort.

— Lindsey Wiebe

 

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

'Is happiness a choice? Couks, a loveable and quirky dishwasher, is struggling to get by. He is helped by his cat, Positive Psychology, S Club 7 and some beer.

"Amazing … engaging and very moving" 4 STARS - Eye Weekly

"One of the best the Fringe has to offer … inspirational" - Gazette

"Phenomenal … a thinking person's show" - SheDoesTheCity

Nominee Best Production – Montreal Fringe 2010

http://www.timcmurphy.com/

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 MIN

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 Matinees, Students, Seniors, Unemployed, Equity members

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language

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Updated on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 10:21 AM CDT: Adds video

July 16, 2011 at 1:05 PM: Adds news café interview

5:01 PM: Adds review

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