Alloway Hall (Venue 4), to July 24
The problem with local performer Drek Daa’s very fringy extravaganza is right there in the title: the "all things" part. His ambitious one-hour production tackles the whole scope of human misery — from oil spills and old folks homes to complacency and fear, from the education system and the environment to incest and greed — and the result is a bit of a dog’s breakfast.
However, there’s no denying the power of Daa’s presence or his big heart. The Polish-born spoken-word champion, in clown whiteface, tells the story of Dorko the fisherman and how he tried to parlay his gold fish into happiness. He also plays Professor Dark, a goggle-eyed pessimist/realist who lectures the audience from inside an aquarium. Daa raps about the financial crisis. He shamelessly employs an adorable kid (Keenan Lehmann, very good) in "children are the future" bits.
In amongst the barrage of images and ideas, there are moving moments and thought-provoking scenarios, but Daa’s approach is too scattershot to be fully effective.
— Jill Wilson
From the official Fringe Festival program:
Canadian Spoken Word Champion, CBC columnist and psychotherapist Drek Daa, PhD, brings you a tale full of twists, tricks and fishtails. Meet demented professor Dark, dumb fisherman Dorko and a fantastically weird Fish. Hear an exposé of human stupidity through the lens of the 2008 world financial crisis. Embark on a laugh-inducing luxury cruise in search of the good life.
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 60 MIN
Discount Tickets: $8 Students, Seniors, Fringe performers, unemployed, poor, anyone who asks for discount
Under 12 not admitted.
Babes in arms permitted.
Warnings: Subject Matter