Reviews - Fringe 2009

Miss April Day's School for Burgeoning Young Strippers

By Judith Sandiford
Published July 19, 2009

I am happy to report that Miss April Day won me over. I wasn't sure at first because on the opening show, performer June Morrow seemed tense and self-conscious, with a bunch of nervous eyebrow raising and chin nodding and "Oh yeah".

But by about mid-way she settled down. And so I settled down, especially as I began to realize that her show was going to be more than I expected.

There are some lovely sudden shifts of pace, energy and theme. June Morrow really did work as a stripper for seven years (according to her website). She gives us real and straightforward information about that world, without pity, sensationalism or judgement.

It's a good show. It's fun and touching. And I liked the red dress.

Judith Sandiford is a theatre designer, a visual artist, and Managing Director of Artword Theatre. With partner playwright and director Ronald Weihs, she created and operated a performance facility in Toronto, where, for over 12 years, they created, fostered and presented many original works of theatre and dance. In 2008, Artword relocated to Hamilton where it has just completed its season of four original works with a Hamilton theme. Artword is currently working on its plans for its 2009-2010 season here.

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