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Fringe Review: Blind to Happiness

By Nick Bachusky on June 10, 2017




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Blind to Happiness
by Tim C. Murphy

60 min / Comedy, Drama, Solo / PG

Do yourself a favour and buy tickets in advance for this performance. If opening night was any indication, every performance will be sold out and with very good reason. Tonight’s performance was deemed a sell out about 15 minutes before showtime – with another 20 or so people looking to get tickets.

Tim C. Murphy’s Blind to Happiness involves him playing three distinct character: Coucks the dishwasher, Michael the PhD candidate, and Jamie the smooth cook. All three work together at a restaurant Murphy crafts them brilliantly.

From the onset, you can see that Murphy loves what he does and brings with him a perfected script. The audience was hanging onto every word and, at the end of the play, we were all excited to share with each other our thoughts.

I liked the references to the book Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert which is a favourite of mine and it is a subject that will be studied for eternity, I feel. This play is witty, makes you think and within the first 15 minutes you have an attachment to each character as you might recall something from the past that you can relate with.

It amazed me how there was not one single pause from Murphy unless he was changing his wardrobe – and even that was quick. Anytime you can switch between characters using great segments of Tragically Hip songs wins points in my books. I had to thank the sound and lighting guys afterward for their top notch performance as well.

I can highly recommend this play and you will be lucky to see it for sure. Blind to Happiness is well worth every penny.

Blind to Happiness by Tim C. Murphy is playing at the ODD Box (2 Daly Ave) until Sunday June 18, 2017. Tickets cost $12 online and at the door. Visit for the show schedule and box office info.