BABY IS ABOUT OT BE DELIVERED INTO A LOVING JAMAICAN-FILIPINO-UKRAINIAN
GAETAN L. CHARLEBOIS, Freelance
Published: Saturday, June 16, 2007
Confessionals, autobiographies and coming of age stories come
and go at Fringe festivals. Often the ones which are remembered
are marked by how awfully funny the lives described were,
or how awfully awful they were. Very, very occasionally, a
sweet, eccentric childhood can also make the grade, as a Fringe
show, but that is a very rare thing.
Deep Fried Curried Perogies is such a sweet show and it makes
the grade not for its sweetness but for its utterly unusual
(and yet strangely familiar) territory. Edmontonian actor/writer
Michelle Todd, you see, is of Jamaican/Filipino descent. The
work, however, goes beyond that to her relationship with her
white boyfriend of Ukrainian descent. The focus of the show
is the baby she and the beloved are about to have and how
it puts all these questions of multi-ethnicity into very sharp
| The approach is utterly
scattershot - we go back and forth in time; we fly about among
the many accents that surround the story; anecdotes zip in and
out and some are performed; dances are danced in a frenzy of
sweaty, unbounded joy; customs and food are described, various
types of music heard. Ultimately, there are very few moments
of respite for this unflagging and committed performer and you
simply hop on and enjoy the ride.
If one were to get preachy, one would suggest it is time to
get this show in front of a harsh director and have it sharpened
so that beats are taken and pauses allowed to give weight to
the truly important moments.
But that's the end of the sermon. See this.
Deep Fried Curried Perogies is at Portuguese Association of
Canada, 4170 St Urbain St., today at 6:15 p.m.