Every fringe festival, we get to know TJ Dawe a little more through his vulnerable, sharply observed and often irresistible monologues. This time, he weaves together formative moments of triumph and failure from his evolution as a performer and his fraught love life, punctuated by opera and by the panic attacks that occasionally derailed him.
There are sweetly painful bits — his desperation to fit in at theatre school and nail his monologue class. There are wryly bang-on little gems of description — the overwrought theatre-y-ness of theatre students, the pop-culture details instantly familiar to any slightly nerdy Class of '92 Canadian kid. I forgot to take notes because I was in it with him the whole way.
This is a new show, performed only a dozen or so times so far. It needs a clearer through line and about 15 minutes lopped off of its 75-minute run time. Like Dawe’s beloved Marx Brothers who tightened their act a little more every single night, I’m counting on this being a four-star show by mid-week, and eventually the five-star fare Dawe’s self-discovery often delivers.
— Mary Agnes Welch
From the Fringe program:
Fringe fave TJ Dawe (A Canadian Bartender at Butlin's, Roller Coaster, Medicine, Marathon, The Slipknot, Labrador and many others) tells about being a theatre student, sexual anxiety and discovering beautiful music.
"A master monologist" - Toronto Star
"A flawless performer" - Charleston City Paper
"Dawe has storytelling down to a fine art" - Vancouver Sun
"A natural and prodigious gift for storytelling" - Montreal Gazette
This is TJ's 16th Winnipeg Fringe, and 115th Fringe overall.
Show Length: 75 minutes
Suggested Audience: Mature
Warnings: Coarse Language, Sexual Content
211 Bannatyne Ave.
Seating Capacity: 120
Thu, Jul 18, 2019 – 5:00 PM
Fri, Jul 19, 2019 – 10:45 PM
Sun, Jul 21, 2019 – 7:15 PM
Tue, Jul 23, 2019 – 12:00 PM
Wed, Jul 24, 2019 – 9:00 PM
Thu, Jul 25, 2019 – 12:00 PM
Fri, Jul 26, 2019 – 9:00 PM
Sat, Jul 27, 2019 – 6:45 PM
Updated on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 2:18 PM CDT: Adds review.