Reviews - Fringe 2009

Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco

By Judith Sandiford
Published July 21, 2009

This 55-minute Fringe show has been more than "abridged" (as their program says). Welsh playwright Gary Owen's original play (2001) was a set of three long monologues (one staging was over two hours).

The setting is a pub, where three stories are told, one after the other. Gary is a young bully who wants disco-night back at the pub, full of swagger and bragging.

Next is the emotionally damaged Matthew, a would-be karaoke singer with some solutions that are destructive to cats and pigeons.

The final monologue is by the disaffected Russell, who just wants to get out of town and wants his girl to come too.

In the original, it is Russell's monologue that reveals the connections between them all, and that is the cleverness of the script. This current Fringe production intercuts the monologues and adds small roles out of the bit parts in the three stories. I found this drastic revision confusing and not convincing.

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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