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The Surprise

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New York City storyteller Martin Dockery returns to the fringe with another manically conveyed, semi-improvisational personal tale, this time about a trip to southeast Asia with a lifetime of family baggage, two pieces of acid-laced chewing gum and the love of his life.

The surprise ostensibly involves his septuagenarian dad, who has started a new family in Vietnam, complete with a pair of new siblings for Dockery to meet. This forces him to ponder existential questions of his own — and deal with a much heavier gut-kick of a revelation.

Dockery’s intensity is tempered by self-deprecating humour and a love of the absurd. All gangly arms and legs, he’s impossible not to watch; the hour-long show flies by in minutes.

— Bartley Kives

From the Fringe program:

Director: Jean-Michele Gregory

Cast: Martin Dockery

A wildly unbelievable true story: Travelling in Asia, Dockery discovers he has half-Vietnamese twin siblings - 36 years younger than him. Hilarious, heartbreaking and next to impossible, The Surprise sold out and received rave reviews all across North America.

***** "Mesmerizing" – Edmonton Journal

"Hilarious and effortlessly captivating" – Vancouver Sun

***** "Truly funny with gut-punching emotion" – Saskatoon StarPhoenix

"Truly vivid" – New York Times

Winner: HOLD OVER, Edmonton Fringe

Audience Classification: General

Length: 60 mins.

Warnings: None

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