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Fringe Review: Beneath the Bikini

By Samara Caplan on June 15, 2019

Beneath The Bikini
by Katie Thayer
60 min / 14+ / Solo / Cabaret

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels, which we all know is a lie because pizza exists.”

This is one of many statements made throughout the show Beneath the Bikini that fellow foodies and body-conscious audiences will relate to.

Beneath the Bikini is a one-woman show that chronicles the roller-coaster ride that is your relationship with your body. Through song, comedy, and some emotional moments at the end, the show guides you through a tale of how to love your body and accept who you are.

Creator and star Katie Thayer discusses growing up not being the skinny girl, her love of food, and body confidence. It’s a cabaret-style show with many moments where Thayer breaks into song, often riffing on tunes from well-known musicals like Chicago, Avenue Q and The Last 5 Years, to name a few.

Lots of great one-liners had the audience laughing, and each musical performance had them applauding.

Thayer spends the entire performance in a bikini, commemorating pivotal moments in her journey by writing them directly on her body. Seeing someone standing alone on stage in a bikini for a full hour almost instantly desexualizes the idea of bathing suits and the female form—another topic she touches upon in the show. You quickly get used to Thayer’s attire, to the point where you no longer notice it.

Lots of great one-liners had the audience laughing, and each musical performance had them applauding.

The core of the story is about much more than “being fat”—it’s really about Thayer’s relationships with family, partners, her body, and herself. Whether or not you’ve faced similar struggles in your life, I can almost guarantee that you will leave the theatre with at least a tad more confidence than when you walked in.


Beneath the Bikini by Katie Thayer is playing at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave) until Sunday, June 23, 2019. Tickets cost $12 online (plus a $2 processing fee) and at the door. Visit ottawafringe.com for the schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.


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