A damaged man sits before us in an electric chair. His hands control harsh lights that eerily surround him. He flicks them on and off to heighten the tension of his story. He’s sometimes lit from below, casting a nightmarish shadow.
When a side light flashes, it’s as if we hear interjections from a splintered inner voice of this apparent madman. Is he a condemned monster? Or is he just inexorably "moving along" toward death, like the rest of us?
"Intense" hardly begins to describe this spellbinding 75-minute monologue, written and performed with a virtuoso’s command of the audience by Edmonton’s Chris Craddock, author of fringe hits such as BoyGroove and PornStar.
The man’s story comes out in a funny, sad, profane, disturbing torrent, often touching on the theme of masculinity. He recalls childhood incidents like his realization that his mother has "gotten laid," teenage self-loathing, raw pain that he has tried to numb as an adult, and deliberate a--hole behaviour.
The performance becomes a kind of sermon by a "professional blasphemer." In its most touching moments, the man blurts out a "collection" of things he wishes he’d said in his past.
The show is described as "semi-autobiographical." At a few points, its fierce, edgy power is blunted by the self-indulgent intrusion of Craddock’s too-personal details. He seems to want a kind of public redemption. Nonetheless, Moving Along is electrifying theatre.
— Alison Mayes
From the official Fringe Festival program:
Moving Along is the hilarious, mile-a-minute story of a life in progress. Living through religious parents, teenage unpopularity, and the universal human condition, Chris Craddock (author of BoyGroove, PornStar, Summer of My Amazing Luck, THE PLAY! And PopTart) blisters the audience with his spotlight of honesty and risks sides with his comedic delivery.
"Craddock is nothing short of brilliant" - Calgary Herald
"An absolutely virtuoso performance" - Victoria Times Columnist
"This show is brilliant….See it! See it! SEE IT!" - SEE Magazine
"The writing is as electric as the chair, and the performance will make you gasp" - Edmonton Journal
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Strobe Lights,
RECOMMENDED: Mature Audience
Venue#9 Canwest Performing Arts Centre (MTYP) 2 Forks Market Road
Under 11 not admitted.