Alloway Hall (Venue 4), to July 23
This one-man show written and performed by Jayson McDonald (Boat Load) was at the fringe in 2007 — and we welcome the return of our robotic overlord.
The hour-long comedy/drama is essentially a collection of sketches, many of which are only ever so loosely linked to the GIR concept. They’re mostly a venue for the London, Ont., actor to shift into comedic characters: soft-boiled PI; blowhard scientist; clueless superhero. Particularly funny is his motor- and foul-mouthed army general, all mirrored sunglasses and southern bravado.
The heart of the story, however, is a bruised and tender thing, revolving around a shy, damaged boy whose friendship with the GIR (shades of The Iron Giant) helps him deal with his troubled home life.
McDonald is a winning performer who easily sells the comedic side of the show. But he also handles the very dark side with delicacy and real pathos.
— Jill Wilson
From the official Fringe Festival program:
The story of a painfully shy young man and his compulsively destructive robot.
From the creator of Boat Load, Fall Fair, and Gunpowder.
5 STARS -- CBC Manitoba, Winnipeg Sun, Monday Magazine
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 60 MIN
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language,