I Think I’m Dead
by Al Lafrance
Al Lafrance takes his audience through a 60-minute thrill ride of his life as an insomniac, bursting with the storytelling banter and stamina of Kevin Smith and the wit and humour (and beard?) of Zach Galifianakis, but with his own personal stories involving wrestling, movie marathons, and his philosophical take on alternative universes. You’ll be on the edge of your seat for the whole show.
The entire show features Lafrance on a blank stage, at times facing the audience and speaking quickly, other times animatedly pacing the length of the small Arts Court Library stage, breaking the fourth wall to speak directly to the audience, letting us in on his very personal stories and life. Lafrance also incorporates breaks in the story with short musical interludes courtesy of his laptop, which help set the mood, drive the next story, or just give him a water break. The simple staging, with no props, in an intimate 50-person capacity room really allows the audience to focus on the story, which is often laugh-out-loud funny but also incredibly insightful. The audience gets to know Lafrance: his life’s ups and downs, his coping mechanisms and, ultimately, the strength of his spirit and mind.
You’ll be on the edge of your seat for the whole show.
Lafrance takes his audience through the loops of days and long nights of being an insomniac, letting us in on how it really feels, how he processes conscious versus unconscious time and, with hilarity, lets us in on his worldly observations about his family, friends, and life as we think we know it.
The audience might think at the beginning that the show is going to be a hilarious run through insomnia—and it is—but will be surprised at the humanity of it by the end. Touching on a few dark themes of mental health, seeking help, and love and acceptance, ultimately Lafrance’s message is a positive one. You’ll be in awe of his energy, grateful for his openness, and maybe even slightly sore from all of the belly laughs.
I Think I’m Dead by Al Lafrance is playing at Arts Court Library (2 Daly Ave) until Sunday, June 23, 2019. 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 apt613.ca/fringe.