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Fringe Review: Sh!t I’m In Love With You Again

By Kenneth Ingram on June 20, 2016

60 minutes | Comedy, Musical | Mature

Sh!t I’m in Love With You Again is a one-hour autobiographical musical comedy performed by Rachelle Elie, an award-winning veteran of Fringe who debuted at Ottawa’s 2001 festival.

New costumes and a revamped set design distinguish her show from last year, yet the adult theme remains unchanged as Elie demonstrates how personal relationships and sexual maturity don’t necessarily become less complicated with age.

Accompanied by Luke Jackson and his guitar, Elie reflects on specific moments of her childhood, adolescence and adulthood using a mix of original music, familiar tunes, and obscenity (in both official languages). More than a dozen wardrobe changes are quick, seamless, and laden with sequin.

With a plot that is easy to follow, the comedy offers candid monologues to address many of life’s challenges. The audience is encouraged to sing along from the comfort of their seats — and many did — as Elie shares her experiences with virginity, religion, sexual exploration, matrimony, childbirth, monogamy and marriage therapy — to name a few. Her vivid reenactment of pre-Internet adolescence (discovering VHS cassettes and staying up past midnight to watch Bleu Nuit on television) was the first of many scenes to garner warm laughter from viewers.

Elie shares her personal odyssey with the finesse of an Olympian, landing on both feet after a powerful, energetic, and vibrant performance. Ending with a glimmer of hope and reinforcing the message that “you are in charge of your own happiness,” she lavishly reveals that beyond the glam and glitter — love is a battlefield.

Sh!t I’m In Love With You Again, Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly, Monday, June 20, 6 p.m.; Tuesday, June 21, 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, June 23, 11 p.m., Saturday, June 25, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 26, 12:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12.