Review by Devan Marr
60 min | Drama, Comedy | Mature
Ever wonder what it would be like if Tyler Durden joined a punk band? Then this show is for you. If you do not like loud music, cheap beer, and delicious cookies, this show is not for you. The Tragicall Historie is a show about the rise and fall of an Ottawa punk band in the late 1990s. A mediocre punk band finds themselves catapulted to local fame when the mysterious (and possibly homeless) Nick Wade joins the crew. Told by the band members after their eventual fall from fame, the story tells us of the tall, enigmatic, Nick Wade and his ‘sick beard.’ There’s humour, strife, and fanatic fans. It makes for a good story.
It was a good story but not exactly a great story. The individual acting of the group was engaging and fun, as you’d expect from the people who brought you Wolves Greater Than Boys and other Fringe favourites in the past. The interplay between the actors clearly stems from a history of working together and it showed. There were sly grins, snarky comments, and general shenanigans. But I just found I couldn’t get locked into the story. It was very Fight Club meets The Clash, in Kanata. Entertaining, but not enthralling.
That being said, the almost sold out house at T.A.N. Coffee seemed to think otherwise. There was laughter, cheers, and even singing along to some of the band’s more iconic songs like, “Fuck the Government.” The crowd loved it, so it might just have been me.
What I will say is the live music was a nice touch. It was a refreshing change from your usual 1-3 man shows that makes due with a box and a chair. The group had a full band set, and because they were a BYOV they were able to take liberties with the space and it paid off.
Speaking of venues, I think T.A.N. is in the running for best BYOV. Not only do Backpack and May Can provide you with beer for a$3 suggested donation, the coffee shop sells some delicious snacks. So you can chow down while you rock out. Overall, The Tragicall Historie of Nick Wade (And Other Fuck Ups) is a creative look at what happens when a punk band gets a messiah-esque front man and the message gets just a little too real.
A show for the young and the hip, The Tragicall Historie of Nick Wade (And Other Fuck Ups) is playing at T.A.N. Coffee on Friday the 21st: 7:30pm; Saturday the 22nd at 6pm; Thursday the 27th at 6pm; Friday the 28th at 9pm; Saturday the 29th at 7:30pm; and Sunday the 30th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10.