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Fringe Review: Drinksitter: The Irresponsible Adventures of a Well-Paid Failure

By Apartment613 on June 19, 2016

By Julia Bueneman

55 minutes | Comedy, Solo | PG

As a young woman that recently quit smoking (after really not wanting to) tries to figure out her life through her awful job, her lukewarm dating life, and party attitude, Reggie is a wonderfully written, dynamically different, and loveable main character portrayed in an incredibly fun and fast-paced show.

Drinksitter is fun, quirky, and psychedelic: a one-woman show about the trials and tribulations of daily life, social circles, all the drug indulgences and being able to step away from all of that and take a deep, deep breath. Recurring characters are genially portrayed in different and very over-the-top individual personas:Deirdre the high-maintenance best friend, Jean-Paul the office nag, the woman that cares just too much about others smoking, among quite a few others. There really is never a dull moment throughout the show.

The many allusions and references to drug culture were entwined with the storyline throughout the show, though never excessive and overdone. They remained hilarious, well-spaced, sporadic, and golden throughout the whole show. Though they never got too in depth, they did get rather fun: using lighting effects to display several trips and effectively using negative space as visions/hallucinations.

Though it did get off to a little bit of a shaky start, I found this show enjoyable and relatable. It was well written, the stage was used to the absolute most it possibly could be, and I almost peed my pants laughing — the most lovely of all combinations making it an overall great hour with many twists and psychedelic turns along the way. Lovely show, wonderfully acted, brilliantly timed: overall, an enchanting experience. 

Drinksitter: The Irreponsible Adventures of a Well-Paid Failure is playing at the ODD Box at Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue. Monday, June 20, 8 p.m.; Thursday, June 23, 9 p.m.; Saturday, June 25, 1 p.m.; and Sunday, June 26, 4:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12.