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The Balding

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A few people have noticed male angst is a heady theme at this year’s fringe, and perhaps nowhere else is “mangst” given a more traditional metaphor than The Balding, Montrealer Jeff Gandell’s one-man account of his “late blooming, early withering” 20s.

At 19, Gandell’s shedding hair fast. He’s also creatively stalling, accidentally destroying his parent’s property and nervously rebuffing women who want into his pants — growing misfortunes he blames on an expanding scalp. Has he failed at life?

Better written than it’s acted, The Balding has enough personal flair and striking introspection to keep coiffed and cue ball alike engaged. But — and maybe it’s nerves — Gandell is stuck on the same presentational style, almost the exact same cadence throughout the show. Rather than talk with the audience, he’s talking at them. It holds the material back.

But there’s still plenty of fringe left to relax, shave off a few expendable bits (those awkward pseudo-songs to start) and then shine.

— Matt TenBruggencate

 

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: Matt Goldberg

Cast: Jeff Gandell

Jeff's in his early twenties, going bald, and leaving a path of destruction in his wake. Will he lose his virginity and stop his hairline from receding? Or will his hair loss demolish everything he loves? The Balding is a hilarious race against time, nature and the terrifying business of becoming a man.

Nominated for Best Comedy at the 2013 Montreal Fringe.

"Gandell could well one day morph into Montreal's answer to Spalding Gray." - The Montreal Gazette

Audience Classification: General

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $8 for Students, Seniors

Warnings: Mild Language

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