struggling to find out who she is and
where she fits in. In fact, she knows all along: "I'm
from Edmonton! I'm Canadian!" It's her friends, schoolmates,
family, the government - in short, everyone else -
who feed her identity confusion. One memory includes, "My
dad smiled at every black person he saw. I figured he knew
Nagging questions come up: "Will people mistake me for
the nanny?" And from the deepest pit in hell - high school
- comes this sobering observation: "The worst racism
I ever faced was ... from the black girl community."
But while pet peeves are aired (sample: "You sound white!"),
Todd keeps the tone light throughout.
She's an engaging performer, illustrating her points with
parental impressions, hairstyling humour, sharp-witted pokes
at stereotypes and a masterful facility at dances that range
from the Macarena to Boot Scootin' Boogie.
Never mind Edmonton's cultural melting pot. There's a mind-boggling
amount of cultural diversity contained in just this one performer
- ironically one of the most "together" performers
at the Fringe this year