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The phrase "wildly imaginative" gets tossed around a lot during fringe festivals, but Paul Strickland's music-leavened, hour-long monologue earns that description plus whatever is applied to plays that are even more out-there than that.
The affable Kentuckian offers a fantastical look at the evolution of trailer-park life, leading us to the Big Fib mobile-home enclave inhabited by folks with such appropriately whopper-inspired names as the titular Ain't True, Will Perjure, Poppa Ganda and joined-at-the-hand twins Faye & Bree Cation.
When he's not spinning ever-wilder tales of the trailer park, Strickland offers a more measured and emotional reflection on his real-life grandfather, whose fondest wish was for his soft-spoken grandson to tell him a story.
In this case, it's much, much better late than never.
— Brad Oswald
This review is based on a production of this play at the Winnipeg Fringe in a previous year.
From the Fringe program:
From the creator of last year's hit Papa Squat: 5 STARS – CBC
Mark Twain meets Tim Burton in this ONE-MAN TRAILER PARK COMEDY (with songs!)
5 STARS "The phrase 'wildly imaginative' gets tossed around a lot during the Fringe...but Paul Strickland's music-leavened hour-long monologue earns that description" – Winnipeg Free Press
5 STARS – Edmonton VUE
"A new storytelling presence instantly worthy of a place on the top shelf." – Edmonton Journal
BEST OF FEST – Calgary Fringe, Cincinnati Fringe
Show Length: 60 minutes
Suggested Audience: General