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Fringe Review: The Date

By Nicholas McBurney on June 15, 2018

The Date
by Phoebe Webber
Phybee

35 min / Comedy, Musical / PG

Tired of only drawing “Mr. Floppys”, Phoebe has been set up on a blind date by some of the women in her life drawing class. This new work by Phoebe Webber focuses on the moments of anticipation and dread that precede a blind date. As she waits for the mysterious Chris to arrive, Phoebe begins to image not only who he is and what he does, but also how they’ll live together, and the simplest way to get rid of her future mother-in-law.

As she sits at the simple chair and table, Phoebe’s anxious imagination starts spiraling out of control, despite knowing nothing about her date. She day-dreams about him being 30-something, still living at home with an IT job, and harbouring mommy issues. This over-worrying will be familiar to anyone who has been on a blind date and the absurdity of Phoebe’s daydreams are punctuated by moments of sharp and funny self-awareness.

The musings are frequently interrupted by performances of different operatic arias. While each was performed well, I can’t help but feel that my lack of operatic knowledge kept me from fully engaging with them. It’s clear that each one was chosen and sung within some context of the play, but sadly it was all Italian, or German, or French to me.


The Date by Phoebe Webber is being performed in ODD Box inside Arts Court (2 Daly Ave) until Sunday June 24, 2018. Tickets Cost $12. Visit ottawafringe.com for the schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.


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