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As the title suggests, inhalant abuse is the coping mechanism of choice in this dark and disturbing one-man drama that blurs the line between hellish reality and gas-induced hallucination.

When we first meet Wind, he has a plastic bag duct-taped over his head with his hands bound behind him. Things only get more desperate (and violent) from there as he recounts how he and his two brothers turned to, and on, each other in the aftermath of their mother’s suicide.

Toronto’s Cliff Cardinal (son of prominent Canadian actress Tantoo Cardinal) is a compelling performer. But he tries to portray too many characters — real and hallucinated — and his script tries to cover too much ground, relevant though it may be.

— Carolin Vesely

 

From the Fringe program:

Huff is a new one-man show by Cliff Cardinal about the wondrous lives of Wind and his brothers. Wind's gas-induced dream world bleeds into his haunting reality as he's preyed on by the trickster through his own fragile psyche in the abandoned motel he loves more than home.

Wrought with dark humour, Huff weaves a violent, spellbinding tale. Modern pace mixed with First Nations myth meets biting stand-up routine. Video games and trickster collide and Huff conjures a theatrical storm.

Director: Karin Randoja Designer: Elizabeth Kantor

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 60 min

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language,

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