Local comedian Silvia Kindl talks about moving from Montreal to Ottawa, her failed relationships, her love of younger men and more in this one-woman show.
Should you see it?
Silvia Kindl is in the process of reinventing her life. She learned that doesn’t do well in relationships and ran away from Montreal to get away from them. In the process, she created her alter ego, Lina Vilskid, and took up stand-up comedy as a new hobby.
Kindl is a charming performer, and her sexual candidness is refreshing. Some of her observations are quite funny, especially her more biting observations about Ottawa. However, A Universal Guide to Loving Your Shadow feels unfocused as a one-woman show. It’s much less theatre and more of an extended stand up routine. Kindl bounces from topic to topic, never stopping long enough to establish a link between them. We never spend enough time with Lina Vilskid to learn why she was created or even how she differs from Silvia’s normal personality – other than not wearing Silvia’s glasses.
While A Universal Guide to Loving Your Shadow is sometime different, charm can only go so far, and it ultimately can’t carry a 50-minute show. It feels almost like A Universal Guide to Loving Your Shadow was cobbled together from various 10-minute stand up routines loosely connected by Lina and Silvia’s conversation.
What did you think of A Universal Guide to Loving Your Shadow? Which one of Silvia Kindl’s observations made you laugh the most? What do you think of stand up comedy at the Fringe? Join the discussion in the comments below!
For more information about A Universal Guide to Loving Your Shadow, including show times and how to buy advance tickets, check out the show page on ottawafringe.com: http://ottawafringe.com/tickets/a-universal-guide-to-loving-your-shadow/