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03 July 2016

Toronto Fringe ’16: Part VI

By // Theatre (Toronto)

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Happiness™

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Happiness™ (A-)
A tight, impressively choreographed number about two travelling salesmen selling, you guessed it, happiness. Impressive performances from both cast members – Tony Adams and Cory Thibert are able to navigate through tricky subject matter and ranges of emotions with ease, drawing us into their world at the same time as selling the audience on their pitch. Can you really be happy all the time? Do you really want to be?

A Lover Improper (B)
Arianne Shaffer’s one woman show is everything a millennial could want. Divided into four parts – Body, Sex, Love and Pleasure – Ari lampoons her own life, and the lives of her friends and family, with vigour and intelligent witticisms. The first three acts are rife with personal misadventures and awkward encounters, and when she tries to introduce a more poignant sentimental side in the finale it falls a bit flat.

Dan’s Inferno (C+)
Half of this show is hilarious, wickedly smart, and impressively topical. The other half is like a frat boy’s hallucinatory acid trip. References to Dante and Aristotle bump up against dead baby jokes in a confusing and wildly inappropriate manner. You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, and –if you’re anything like me – you will spend a lot of time looking at your friend and going “Did they just say that?”

Tarot Live! (C)
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this show, and I’m not entirely sure what I got. Turning what, for many, is a personal and intimate experience into something performed in front of an audience certainly pushes boundaries, though in this case it comes off feeling awkward and rushed. Jesse invites volunteers from the audience to have their cards read and ask questions, and most of his answers seem predictably vague.

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