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The Water Is Wide

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Like a hippie Garrison Keillor, Randy Rutherford is a fuzzy blanket of a performer who warms the hearts of fringe-goers.

Rutherford — a festival veteran who draws on his folksinging past to infuse his one-man shows with music, along with stories — is no doubt an inspiration, as he currently performs with 70 per cent hearing loss. His laid-back style may not be to everyone’s taste and opening The Water is Wide by asking the audience if they remember a character from one of his previous works may be off-putting for first-timers.

But for diehard fans, this tale, featuring Rutherford’s sweet, vegan girlfriend versus the feisty, omnivorous voice in his head (who helps him decode speech), will be like water to the thirsty.

— Barb Stewart

From the Fringe program:

Randy Rutherford returns with a new show about Roxanne, the imaginary stenographer who helps him make sense of the gibberish he hears.

Randy is caught between two women. Sophie thinks a vegan diet of tofu and rutabagas may cure Randy's hearing loss. Roxanne prefers fried baloney sandwiches smothered in real mayonnaise. And she's insanely jealous. And she's not real.

Winner of London's Brickenden Award 'Best Solo Performer'

5 STARS "Exceptionally fine" – London Free Press

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 75 min

Tickets: $10

Under 14 not admitted.

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