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The Show Must Go On
Semen-soaked hotel rooms, pee-covered gym floors, homicidal drug dealers. Yep, sounds like a fringe show to me.
Victoria’s Jeff Leard delivers a hilarious tale of life on the road as a children’s theatre performer, based on true stories amassed from real-life actors.
Playing the lead character in the fictitious Storytime Players’ touring production, Rumpelstiltskin, Leard’s “Jeff” portrays a cornucopia of dysfunctional characters including: Old Murphy, Roadhouse Bill and a Grade 6 teacher with a certain fetish living in small-town Alberta.
After questioning his motives in treading the boards, Jeff experiences his own “aha” moment near the end of this sharply acted, clever monologue that crackles with wit and honesty.
You’re never quite sure where reality blurs with fiction. But it really doesn’t matter. Like his fairy-tale character, Leard seamlessly blends razor-sharp comic timing, strong physical characterization and charismatic stage presence to spin his own fringe gold.
— Holly Harris
From the Fringe program:
Snow-covered mountains, semen-soaked hotel rooms, pee-covered gymnasium floors, homicidal drug dealers, 3 actors, 1 van, 186 elementary schools, 7,568 kilometers of road. Based on true stories submitted by touring children's theatre performers spanning the past thirty years. From the creator of the Fringe hit Gametes and Gonads.
Director: James Leard
Cast: Jeff Leard
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 60 mins.
Discount Tickets: $9 for Students, Seniors
Under 13 not admitted.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language
Updated on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM CDT: