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Most shows require at least 25 warm bodies to repeatedly break the laughter barrier. Anything less and people tend to politely clam up.

That Karie Richards — alone onstage in the show she penned — was able to get her small crowd to burst out laughing despite the near constant tears brought on by her tragic monologue is nothing short of stupendous.

Richards plays Birdy, a sweet, charming woman who lives “in an almost constant state of trying to make things better for other people.” That’s when her meds aren’t slowing her down, at any rate. Her free-flowing conversation with the audience voices soul-gnawing worries most of us choose to ignore: overfishing; grandparents locked in seniors home and the guy who showed up to yoga with crutches.

Despite mounting evidence, however, the show never gives up on hope.

That, too, is stupendous.

— Matt TenBruggencate

 

From the Fringe program:

How can you feel guilty for something you failed to do before you were even born?

Meet Birdy. She's on a quest for world harmony. With a huge and open heart, she is often stopped short by the love she feels for others. But she worries. A lot. And that worries her.

Director: Jeff Culbert

Cast: Karie Richards

"(birdy's) honesty and unexpected universality make it powerful, its contrasts make it sad and its humour makes it hopeful." - Plank

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 for Students, Seniors

Warnings: None

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