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Dirty and True

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Local comedian/actress Melanie Dahling’s one-woman show certainly seems intent on living up to its title — the hour-long mix of monologue and musical is equal parts comedy, confessional and self-focused crisis counselling, as the writer/star plumbs deep into her checkered dating history and speaks frankly about her evolution as a sexual being.

Her love life, it turns out, has been underscored (and largely defined) by her deep affection for Canadian singer/songwriter Hawksley Workman, whose smouldering looks and romantic insights set a bar too high for any non-Hawksley male to reach. Dahling’s ease as a standup performer keeps her rambling and sometimes distracted dirty/true musings entertaining, but the musical elements — backed by onstage musician/co-star/line prompter Lukas Thiessen — don’t always hit the right notes. Overall, this work in progress is an exhaustive emotional history which threatens to become exhausting.

— Brad Oswald

 

From the Fringe program:

One night when Melanie Dahling was up late with insomnia and a bag of chips, she made a life changing musical discovery. Hawksley Workman was base and vulgar and made her feel new kinds of "down there feelings." Watch as she follows those feelings into a series of thoroughly unsatisfying relationships with starving artists and comedians.

Dirty and True is a story of love, betrayal, and dick jokes.

Director: JD Renaud

Cast: Melanie Dahling, Erik Fjeldsted

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Under 16 not admitted.

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language

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