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Fringe Review: Tornado Troubles

By Amanda Dookie on June 15, 2019

Tornado Troubles
by Rory Gardiner
60 min / G / Stand-Up / Music

Tornado Troubles begins with Rory Gardiner sharing his experience of the aftermath of a tornado that destroyed his house. Using a slideshow to show the damage, which was substantive, he shed light on the situation through comedy. Then, just like a tornado that sucks up a bunch of things and spits them out, the rest of the performance was an unstructured and fragmented slew of unscripted dialogue, a video recording that made fun of vegans (over and over again), and an ad claiming that yoga is not exercise.

An off-the-cuff performance that gives the audience a little bit of everything.

Rory also featured a music student who played a few songs of her own. Rory explained that he likes to share opportunities with other artists, which showed his compassionate side. The student’s voice was lovely, but it only fit into the performance insofar as it offered Rory a segue to pick up his own guitar afterward. He also had a pretty good voice, and his musical talent was evident. However, in terms of live musical performances, this one didn’t fully showcase his talents, because it was focused more on comedic elements.

The title and description of this performance suggest that it is about Rory’s life after his house was hit by a tornado. I found this to be misleading, considering the majority of what he did on stage had very little to do with that. Tornado Troubles was an off-the-cuff performance that gives the audience a little bit of everything, from stand-up to solo improv to music.


Tornado Troubles by Rory Gardiner is playing at ODD Box (2 Daly Ave) until Saturday, June 22, 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.


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