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This sequel to ONEymoon from Toronto’s Christel Bartelse picks up on the story of one woman’s love affair with herself. After taking herself off the market and officially marrying herself, our heroine picks up her story on her three-year anniversary, as friends and family find excuses to not show up to her strenuously celebratory dinner.

Bartelse is costumed to look like Lucy-without-Desi, a look embellished by some clever retro set design suggestive of paper doll cut-outs.

This manic (not to say desperate) one-hour comedy suffered a series of miscues on its first night, but even when running smoothly, there is the sense the story’s being unnecessarily padded. Bartelse is clearly a gifted clown, but honey, it’s time to move on.

— Randall King

From the Fringe program:

Director: LJ Nelles

Cast: Christel Bartelse

 

From the creator & performer of ONEymoon and seen in the 2013 sold-out hit Circle. Meet (or rejoin) Caroline as she celebrates her third wedding anniversary – to herself. A comedy about the pursuit of the "perfect" relationship.

 

"A wildly funny, ultimately touching journey toward self-discovery" - Hamilton Spectator

 

**** "Rare originality and theatrical zest" - Edmonton Journal

 

"Fearless energy - makes her stand out well in a crowded field of one-woman shows" - Orlando Sentinel

 

"Bartelse is a bit Julie Andrews-gone-wild" - Montreal Gazette

 

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

 

Length: 60 mins.

 

Warnings: Mild Language, Sexual Content

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