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Fringe Review: BLINDSIDE

By Devan Marr on June 20, 2016

This touring Fringe show was seen and reviewed at the London Fringe Festival, May 31 to June 11, 2016

Stéphanie Morin-Robert from Montreal brings you BLINDSIDE. A tale about a girl, a cat, and one eye. BLINDSIDE is a one-woman act that takes you through the life of a young woman who lost her eye to cancer. Spoiler alert, it’s a true story. Stéphanie Morin-Robert tells her tale through a combination of narration, dialogue, and movement.

It’s a touching story. It’s also an entertaining story. Morin-Robert managed to get laughs and a few tears during her one hour production. From stories of unintentional athletic prowess to heart wrenching discoveries, Morin-Roberts does an excellent job of getting the audience invested in her work. Unlike many one-handers, I didn’t find myself looking at my watch during lulls the stories. She received a roaring round of applause at the end of her opening show.

The set is minimal. Morin-Roberts relies on a camera and projector to talk to the audience between scenes and she makes it work.

Despite its general levity, the show ends on a sombre note. We find out that Morin-Robert isn’t just doing this Fringe show for herself and we learn surviving a battle with cancer doesn’t always mean you win the war.

Overall, BLINDSIDE is a solid show that is worth a watch. Between witty stories, fun facts, and shocking reveals, there’s something for everyone.

BLINDSIDE, Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave., Monday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, June 21, 10:30 p.m.; Friday, June 24, 6 p.m.; and Saturday, June 25,

Tickets are $12.