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A Universal Guide to Loving Your Shadow

By Apartment613 on June 20, 2014


Billed as “a lighthearted look at melancholy”, A Universal Guide to Loving Your Shadow is a one-person show created by Silvia Kindl, a public servant who moonlights as a standup comedian around town.

Kindl’s jokes and monologues about her life won the audience over handily, though for the sake of journalistic accuracy, I should note that our audience included one of those people with an easy, boisterous laugh that just makes everyone want to join in the fun.

One of the main themes of this show is the culture shock of moving from Montréal to Ottawa. Having done the same, I appreciated Kindl’s gentle mockery of Ottawa. She had a great bit about how Ottawa “could use some lube”. The show mainly centres around on tales of drinking and dating and sex, including some very lewd and effective penis jokes.

Kindl’s sense of physical comedy is strong, and she does the best impression I’ve ever seen of a penguin choking. At other times, though, the show veers abruptly into some very rough chuckles, as Kindl talks about emigrating from Italy as a child, the life and death of her father, depression, being molested, and the dangers she faced hitchhiking cross-country as a teen.

The conceit of the show is that Kindl and her “shadow”, or alter ego, are having a conversation, but frankly that concept didn’t really come across for me. However, if you take it just as an hour of being talked at by a person who is silly, and sincere, and ribald, and has lead an interesting life, it’s a success.

A Universal Guide to Loving Your Shadow, by Silvia Kindl, is playing at Venue 2 – Arts Court Library (2 Daly, Elevator A), Saturday, June 21st, 8:00PM, Sunday, June 22nd, 4:00PM, Wednesday, June 25th, 11:00PM, Friday, June 27th, 9:00PM, and Sunday, June 29th, 3:30PM.