Reviewed by Amanda Dookie
The Home Show
by Evolution Theatre
60 min / Drama / PG
People say home is where the heart is but in The Home Show it’s about so much more than that. While we all have our own unique concept of “home” this new work directed by Laurie Fyffe brings together a variety of themes, creating a story about Home that is relatable.
Featuring a small yet diverse cast of three actors and one musician, the set of The Home Show is around a stage embellished with small illuminated paper houses. As a bonus, Fringe-goers are in for a special treat with this performance because it features live music which adds a well-rehearsed soundtrack to the entire performance. In a small theatre it was easy to hear and see the actors. They each played several different roles which showcased their diversity and Jacqui Du Toit was extra-believable with her accent changes for different roles. With a simple set, a few appropriately selected props, sound effects and a relatively short running time to work with, The Home Show is a well-rounded production. The only thing affecting the ambiance of this performance was the lighting cues that could be heard from the second row of the audience.
The Home Show touched on very real topics that are close to the heart, such as the housing crisis, homelessness, and political and social conflicts. We may all share different opinions on these topics but I’m willing to bet you’ll walk away with a “take home” message after this show, even if it’s different from your neighbour’s.
The Home Show by Evolution Theatre is playing at La Nouvelle Scène (333 King Edward Ave) until Saturday June 17, 2017. Tickets cost $12 online and at the door. Visit ottawafringe.com for the show schedule and box office info. Apt613 is trying to see every show on opening weekend of the 2017 Ottawa Fringe Festival. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.