Toronto actor/writer Tamara Lynn Robert is the titular psycho bitch and this one-hour, one-woman play is the semi-comedic story of how she came to terms with her mental illness, which has plagued her since her teens.
"I would spend hours designing my tombstone," the pretty brunette recalls. "And this was before goth, so it wasn’t cool."
Canny use of sound effects and music heightens the drama of Robert’s story — something it needs, as it’s more of a personal anecdote than a stage play. Robert herself is an appealing stage presence, with an open physicality and girlish voice. But her likable vibe can’t hide the fact that she’s not a strong enough actor to give depth to the other characters she plays — doctor, New Age healer, psychotherapist — who are just a collection of wavering accents and hand gestures. However, when Robert talks about her decision to own her illness instead of hiding it — to shed her tears instead of bottling them up — she achieves a moment of pure, raw feeling that’s shockingly immediate.
— Jill Wilson
From the official Fringe Festival guide:
Tamara is a mood-disordered, medicated, sweetheart of a mess and she needs help. Armed with oodles of happy pills, she battles a legion of demons, wacky therapists and one grotesque monster called Stigma. Her guardian angel, Geraldine, is an ever-present comfort through this comedic and heartwarming quest for healing.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Licensed venue - under 18 must be accompanied by guardian.
Aqua Books (Venue 21), to July 24
Discount Tickets: $8 for Students, Unemployed
Under 14 not admitted.