It’s been seven years since British transplant Chris Gibbs made a little Canadian — excuse us, we mean had his first kid — and several years since he last frolicked around the Winnipeg fringe. So for his return, the genial comic is doing an encore performance of this 75-minute ode to fatherhood, though the theme is loose at best.
Rather, Like Father is a good-natured and mostly PG-rated romp of uproarious anecdotes about sharing a plane with a mime and that time he tried to make his wife laugh during childbirth. (Note to future wisecracking fathers: stand down, champs.)
The winning ingredient is simply Gibbs, who is sort of like that guy who everyone flocks to at dinner parties, but he’s twice as at home on the stage. His is the show you don’t mind coming to see, Gibbs says with a laugh, and he’s OK with that. So are we.
— Melissa Martin