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Fringe Review: Something more Glamorous: Shell shocked, burned out, …And now the weather

By Jessica Ruano on June 18, 2016

By Jessica Ruano

60 minutes | Comedy, Drama, Cabaret | Mature

What I gathered from this play based mainly on the title: when we watch the news, we’re confronted by human tragedy, and also by cheery announcements about how sunny it is going to be this week. This can be jarring.

So can a pop culture cabaret in a war zone setting.

This show is very disjointed, and so this review is going to be, also.

I really liked the massive blow-up swan in the corner. I’m not sure what purpose it served aside from being a giant blown-up swan in the corner, but I still really liked it.

I also really liked Danielle LeSaux-Farmer’s performance: she is an absolute delight to watch, and I would happily make her the host of every children’s television show I ever produce ever. She’s also really good at balancing large wooden blocks on her body.

To the guy in the front row who didn’t so much as blink in response to the heavy amounts of audience interaction directed at him by the actors: how do you sleep at night?

I know that smudges of black face paint do not equate “blackface”, but this did come across as a painfully simplistic visual for the horrors of war. Most of this performance was a painfully simplistic visual for the horrors of war. Is a re-written rendition of A Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World” supposed to make me forget about the horrors of war?

Simon L. Lalande has a brain full of wonderful ideas, and I would love for him to decorate my next war-torn themed house party.

The house on set with the windows lit up from the inside reminded me of the last Robert Lepage show I saw. Right on.

Not everyone can do an English accent.

Something more Glamorous: Shell shocked, burned out, …And now the weather, Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly, Elevator B, Friday, June 27, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 18, 9 p.m.; Monday, June 20, 10:30 p.m.; Thursday, June 23, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 25, 3 p.m.

Tickets are $12.