Canwest Centre for Theatre and Film (Venue 12), to Sunday
Venerable fringe veteran T.J. Dawe’s reputation as a whip-smart monologue artist precedes, him but even if you’re familiar with his sharp and thoughtful writing, Lucky 9 still packs moving surprises.
Marrying provocative lessons from thinkers and TV shows with intensely personal anecdotes from Dawe’s own authoritarian Catholic upbringing, Lucky 9 structures its narrative around types and numbers but draws its strength from fluid and undefined stuff of the human heart. Oh, and it’s freakin’ funny too: whether savaging the merits of a global convention of tax attorneys or even simply tripping over his own tongue, the Vancouverite’s slightly geeky charm and uncomplicated conversational delivery elicit laughs as easily as little epiphanies. No wonder Thursday’s show earned an enthusiastic standing ovation. From one four to another: Mr. Dawe, there ain’t no one quite like you.
— Melissa Martin
From the official Fringe Festival program:
Fringe god TJ Dawe (The Slipknot, Tired Cliches, Labrador, Totem Figures) returns with a monologue about reaching out.
"Fringe veteran TJ Dawe has made a name for himself performing autobiographical material, but his latest feels so intensely personal — dealing with emotions and family — that it's as though we're in his head. And it's a wonderful place to be." - Orlando Sentinel
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 75 MIN
Under 13 not admitted.
Babes in arms permitted.