Shaw Performing Arts Centre (MTYP) (Venue 9), to July 24
This overly earnest musical from Edmonton’s Joel Crichton is a somewhat confusing exploration of what it means to be 25 in our world. There’s no denying Crichton, who plays solo keyboard throughout the show, has a genuine way with a tune. And the cast of three (two males, one female) have fine voices that showcase Crichton’s work admirably (as long as they remain in tune).
But as the action shifts from song to song, across Canada and around the world, and the musical styles shift from sublime pop to ill-advised hip-hop and funereal shanties, it’s difficult to grasp the point of it all.
Why is a Parisian heroin addict singing to a skull or an environmentalist singing to a fish? Your guess is as good as mine. Much like the age itself, Twenty-Five needs a bit more time to mature.
— Barb Stewart
From the official Fringe Festival program:
A new musical from the creator of last year's Fringe megahit Death: LIVE! examines coming of age in today's dangerous world. Touching, passionate and hilarious characters connect from Parisian sewers to Afghanistan to the Maritimes to Vancouver Island, all infused with a dynamic and powerful rock score by Joel Crichton.
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 60 min.
Discount Tickets: $9 for Students, Seniors, Artists
Under 13 not admitted.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language