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Gary Has a Date

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If it’s physical comedy you enjoy, don’t miss Gary Has a Date. If a satisfying story is what you’re after... well, did we mention how funny Gary Has a Date is?

There are moments in this mini-play created and performed by Emily Windler — who also devised and directed with Brian Kuwabara, her co-artistic director in Portland, Ore.’s Grumble Productions — that would have made Charlie Chaplin proud. The bit with a necktie and wine bottle is an instant classic.

But the Little Tramp would have found the pathos in dorky Gary as he struggles to prepare for a date that is clearly doomed. Instead, after about 45 minutes that lead nowhere, the audience has arrived, er, well, nowhere.

Windler does a wonderful job of transforming herself into Gary, the snail aficionado and wannabe lothario. It’s easy to forget she’s a woman. Thunderous eyebrows, Sonny Bono-esque moustache and expressive googly eyes carry the day, but what is she doing with her tongue?

— Julie Carl

From the Fringe program:

Emily Windler (Wonderheads, Poe and Mathews) returns with a one-woman comedy of bumbling proportions. Gary has at long last secured a date, but if he can't stop tripping over himself, how will he get to first base? In this Mr. Bean-style comic romp, one man's foolhardy journey through the world of dating soars with virtuosic physical comedy.

"Windler is a wonder" – Winnipeg Free Press

"Engaging dynamo of a performer" – Capitol Critics' Circle

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