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Fringe Review: BLINDSIDE

By Samantha Richarz on June 21, 2016


65 minutes | Comedy, Solo | G

If you like unique and gritty, down-to-earth storytelling, BLINDSIDE is the play for you.

When she was just an infant, Stéphanie Morin-Robert was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer that rapidly forms in the immature cells of the retina. In order to save her life, doctors had to remove her left eye. When she moves to a new school in Grade 3, Stéphanie must finally acknowledge her difference for the first time as she encounters new friends that have never known a girl with a glass eye before (acrylic, actually).

But Stéphanie’s story is one that reminds us that while we may initially want to hide our differences and blend in, we can also choose to wield these differences in a way that can empower and change us and those around us. Between tales of cancer treatment, Make-A-Wishes, cats, first-day-of-school jitters, and late-night camp encounters, Stéphanie invites us in for a very personal, up-close (literally) view into her early life as a girl with one eye. But, as it turns out, the desire to fit in is a rather universal one, and it is one that I think all audiences can relate to. Although Stéphanie’s comedy is not the highlight of the show, it is her raw storytelling and honesty (and frequent, unexpected F-bombs) that ultimately makes the audience smile and laugh, and makes this show a worthwhile pick for your Fringe lineup.

BLINDSIDE, Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave., Tuesday, June 21, 10:30 p.m.; Friday, June 24, 6 p.m.; and Saturday, June 25,

Tickets are $12.