Apt613 is trying to see every show on opening weekend of the 2017 Ottawa Fringe Festival. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.
by Rob Lloyd & Scott Gooding
60 min / Comedy, Solo / PG
Doctor Who fans: I am here to tell you that there is a safe place for you where you can celebrate in what Rob Lloyd describes as a “cacophony of nerd.”
Doctor Who unawares or indifferent: I am also here to bear witness that you do not, in fact, have to be a Doctor Who fan in order to enjoy this show.
Who, Me. is a one hour court proceeding that seeks to judge whether Lloyd’s obsessive fan status has made him a contributing member of society, or a condemnable human being. The stakes are high and a guilty verdict means the much-beloved Doctor will be completely erased from the time space continuum. The premise is almost as a precarious as a one man show that chooses a rabidly devout fan base as its target audience, an entire 50+ year cult-level cultural franchise as its subject matter, and a two minute techno-backed interpretive dance as both the opening and closing scenes.
(Wait what was that last one?)
The point is, it would take an incredibly skilled performer with an unparalleled energy to pull this off. Fortunately for us, Lloyd is electric and delivers this very well written piece with utter precision. His over the top expressions and horrendous accent work keep a complex show funny and approachable.
The only person more deserving of accolades would be the lighting technician and if there IS such a thing as a Fringe award for best tech, I’d like to put this show forward. A projection screen, disco lights, endless fades and filters are just a few of the queues this unsung hero has to follow and Lloyd’s full stage performance ensures he’s also a constant moving target. [Editor’s Note: Lydia Talajic operated the show we reviewed.]
This is a complex set a script that bounces around – but the endless and progressively more obscure references clearly had the audience delighted. Lloyd was able to use some great blocking choices and clever queues to keep the narrative clear. There is a wholly enjoyable story whether you’re a Doctor Who fan or not. If you’ve ever loved something with a passion that bordered on obsession, go and enjoy being welcomed into this utterly weird act of fandom.