Reviews - Fringe 2009

Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco

By Amanda N. Nesbitt
Published July 19, 2009

Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco is a dark comedy that takes the audience on a journey through the disturbing, violent and insane lives of three different men. Each man is a archetype (a bully, a geek and a gimp) and each man fantasizes about success, freedom and chicks.

Writer Gary Owen clearly takes a great deal of his inspiration from classics such as Trainspotting and even the works of Guy Ritchie. The monologues are deep, descriptive and vulgar but always captivating. The stories weave in and out and interconnect in bizarre ways in relation to the other characters.

I was not expecting any real emotional impact from this show and was pleasantly surprised when I actually started sympathizing with these three crazy characters, each lost and desperate in their own way.

The performances were strong, with great delivery and comedic timing from the entire cast and while the Welsh accents were, at times, muddled by different brogues (albeit unintentionally), each actor held onto the audience with their crude, unnerving tales.

The use of props, lighting and sound effects added a great deal to the overall performance. Be sure to check out Crazy Gary's...you won't leave disappointed.

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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