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Fringe Review: Delirium

By Jessica Ruano on June 15, 2017

Martin Dockery. Photo by Bill Kennedy.

Martin Dockery. Photo by Bill Kennedy.

Delirium
by Martin Dockery

60 min / Storytelling, Comedy / PG

Martin Dockery’s in love, and he’s not afraid to talk about it. In Delirium, the Brooklyn-based storyteller presents three different but interconnected narratives: one about the perils of international travel with his “illegal immigrant” Canadian partner; another about a heart wrenching encounter at Burning Man; and a third about taking a trip to see Mexican butterflies after his dog of fifteen years passes.

For those of you who have experienced Dockery’s performances in previous years, all you need to know is that the quality of this show is perfectly consistent with his previous ones. In other words, engaging, invigorating, gripping, and life-affirming.

For those of you who haven’t yet had the pleasure, I’ll do my best to elucidate. If I could use one word to describe Dockery’s performance style, it would be elastic: from his delivery which spans an alarming vocal register, like a kettle’s low rumbling boil building to an impossible-to-ignore whistle, to his content which gleefully rejoices in the most ordinary of human occurrences and makes the most outlandish situations feel close to home. Like those stretchy figurines made of rubber, his limbs seem to defy the limitations of physical form, twisting into a variety of shapes and filling the space with his presence intense enough to make you want to throw him a stress relief ball before he explodes.

On second thought, bring forth the explosion. For Dockery, love is exemplified in the explosive moments: the internal bubbling you feel before telling your partner you adore them; the bristling anger and passion in having to stand up for your canine soul mate; and the sheer release of blurting out a tragic story in the midst of celebration. It’s a huge ‘fuck yes’ to life and everything that comes with it.


Delirium by Martin Dockery is playing at Live! On Elgin (220 Elgin St) until Sunday June 18, 2017. Tickets cost $12 online and at the door. Visit ottawafringe.com for the show schedule and box office. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.


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