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
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 60 MIN
Discount Tickets: $8 Matinees, Students, Seniors, Unemployed, Equity members
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language