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Fringe Review: Generic Male: Just What We Need, Another Show About Men

By Samara Caplan and Laura Gauthier on June 18, 2022

Generic Male: Just What We Need, Another Show About Men
Created by Darren Stevenson and Ashley Jones
Produced by PUSH Physical Theatre (Rochester, USA)
60m | 14+ | Comedy, Physical Theatre
Content warnings: Audience Participation

This show is probably like nothing else you’ve seen—a combination of acrobatics, dance and comedy, all while challenging the audience with probing questions making you think about what you know and what you think this show is about.

PUSH Physical Theatre’s Darren Stevenson and Ashley Jones bring so much talent to this piece. Not only are they exquisite actors and superb comedians, they are also athletic and graceful in their physical movement, dance, and powerful maneuvers. Nothing is out of place or by accident. The show is refined and polished, even in its messiness and questions.

Before you know it, you’ll be drawn into the story they’re unraveling—never preaching but more subtly revealing layers and questions in each vignette. What’s real? Why are things the way they are? Why do we play the roles that we do?

Some of the most striking moments of the show aren’t even spoken. Macho competition, absurd immaturity, touching emotion, all displayed through incredible movements. This show stays with you—you’ll find yourself turning over moments in your mind hours or even days later. This is definitely another Fringe favourite for me, and it’s no wonder it’s award winning and has already traveled to other Fringes around the globe. Ottawa, this is one you should be sure to catch!


Generic Male: Just What We Need, Another Show About Men by Darren Stevenson and Ashley Jones is playing at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Avenue) until June 25, 2022. 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 https://apt613.ca/category/festival/fringe/.