Reviews - Fringe 2009

A Most Unimportant Criminal

By Amanda N. Nesbitt
Published July 18, 2009

Actor, writer, and director Colette Nichol plays eight neurotic characters in this absurdly comedic look at life after death and the trials one faces in the afterlife.

As the Heroine, Nichol certainly plays up the insanity, cynicism and absurdity to and with her audience but often lacks any real impact beyond uncomfortable laughter and the audience wondering what the point is to her tale. Being an Absurdist play, that may have been Nichol's intention, but it lacked any real response from the audience.

Saving the show was the intensely crazed surveys throughout the trial, allowing audience participation and a slight connection to the many characters within the show. Nichol is also a very strong singer and I personally found the songs within the show the best part of this performance.

If you like the confusing redundancy of Absurdism, check this one out. If anything, it will test your brain's stamina against odd, inexplicable questions about the choices and judgments we make in our lives.

Amanda N. Nesbitt is a McMaster graudate with a double major in English/History and a minor in Theatre and Film Studies. An avid writer/photographer, she thrives being a part of Hamilton's theatre/arts movement and has been very active in the theatre community since 2003. Writing for the Fringe marks her third year participating with this amazing group of people that make up the festival and she hopes you enjoy the shows. Thank you for promoting the arts!

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