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Giant Invisible Robot

Stars And Hearts / London, ON

Posted: 07/7/2011 5:33 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/15/2011 10:36 AM | Updates

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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

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language,

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Updated on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 10:36 AM CDT: Adds review

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