The female protagonist of this one-woman Ottawa production is wasting away on her couch, munching popcorn as she watches reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, wishing she too could kick some bloodsucker butt. Her basement apartment is indicative of her social standing and how she measures up to her high-achieving older sister, a roller-derby star.
Writer-performer Nancy Kenny tells a familiar story of redemption, overcoming insecurities and leaving self-loathing behind through, of all things, roller derby. After watching the long-legged, Amazonian jammers and blockers — whom she immediately idolizes as superheroes — she signs up for a tryout and, well, the show’s title reveals what happens next. She becomes a Buffy on skates, slaying her personal demons.
Kenny does it all, whirling around the stage track in full gear while relating the new jammer’s first game against the rival Baby Dolls. The you-go-girl message is hardly new, but always worth hearing.
— Kevin Prokosh (Show reviewed during fringe festivals in Montreal and Ottawa last month.)