We’ve all got parts of ourselves that need to be torn out, like impacted wisdom teeth. That’s the central metaphor in this spoken-word show by Edmonton’s Kevin Gillese. It’s described as "a true story — obscured by poetry."
Kudos to Gillese, whose director is fringe vet Chris Craddock (Moving Along), for his ambition. The simple set — a bed — is positioned under a large screen that shows simultaneous arty video, some of it quite effective. The score by Cellolitis and Eli Batalion that backs many of the poems/rap songs is marvellously evocative with its use of stringed instruments.
Gillese delivers many strong images and metaphors, like the idea that the further the pendulum of happiness swings out, the further it must swing back toward pain. A highlight is his piece about sitting in a car with a woman he has just met, as desire builds.
The notion that our flaws eventually make us better people has value. But Wisdom Teeth will be enjoyed most by teens and young adults, because it’s filled with a young person’s melodramatic agony — especially the romantic kind. The talented, tattooed Gillese, who is nearly 30, will one day see a bigger picture, and could start by saving personal tributes for outside the show.
— Alison Mayes
From the official Fringe Festival program:
Hip hop, storytelling, slam poetry and video come together in this one-man show about extraction. Fringe veteran Kevin Gillese brings dark humour and some obese beats to explore weddings and wisdom teeth.
Featuring scratching by DJ Hunnicutt and music by Cellolitis & Eli Batalion (JOB: The Hip-Hop Musical). Directed by Chris Craddock (BASH'D).
"No one survives this show" - predicted review
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Nudity, Violent and shocking images.
RECOMMENDED: Mature Audience
Venue#9 Canwest Performing Arts Centre (MTYP) 2 Forks Market Road
Discount Tickets: $7 for Matinees, Students, Seniors, Anyone suffering wisdom tooth pain
Under 16 not admitted.