The 2015 Ottawa Fringe Festival is only days away. This week, Allan Mackey and Valerie Cardinal talked with some of this year’s presenters and pored over all the available material for all 56 shows at this year’s festival in order to decide the ten shows they thought were the most exciting and/or intriguing. From the 12th to the 16th, they’ll be highlighting those shows. Then on the 17th, we’ll talk about a few honourable mentions and give you a video preview of five local shows sure to entertain. Happy Fringing!
What is I Think My Boyfriend Should Have An Accent
A solo storytelling show about romanticizing people and things that are different from you… while neglecting to note that you are also different from them.
It is a show for people who are worried about doing the wrong thing in social situations and accidentally making others feel bad…
Or accidentally making themselves look bad.
One of those things.
It is a show for people who like to remind other people that they “are pretty open open- minded”, but sometimes feel like a parody of themselves.
This collection of stories examines those moments where difference jumps up, and stands between people, or groups. For good or bad. In places you would maybe expect, but not normally hear about all at the same time: touring around Poland with a multi- cultural group of students and a dozen Holocaust Survivors; wearing Gor-Tex rather than patchouli in the presence of a 24 foot tall burning phoenix effigy; driving to an eco- tourism site only to realize the only way to get there is through a refugee camp; or falling in love with different passports in the neutral territory of an airplane.
This show is mostly true. It is hopefully productively embarrassing.
Written and performed by Emily Pearlman. Directed and dramaturged by Laurel Green.
Where and when to see I Think My Boyfriend Should Have An Accent
Venue 5: ODD Box
June 18th – 10:30pm
June 20th – 9:00pm
June 22 – 5:30pm
June 25 – 7:00pm
June 26 – 5:30pm
June 27 – 9:00pm
Why we’re excited about I Think My Boyfriend Should Have An Accent
Need I say more?
As one half of MiCasa Theatre, Emily Pearlman is one of this city’s gems in the landscape of unique and highly theatrical theatre. Countries Shapes Like Stars (which I sadly still have yet to see) has been one of the most talked about and acclaimed shows I can think of. Live from the Belly of the Whale delighted audiences at Fringe 2012 and Undercurrents 2013 and remains a personal favourite of mine. Revised from the Belly of the Whale was, to me, some kind of magic. Then there was the nearly impossible to get tickets for We Glow in which she partnered with Brad Long (another local superstar in my books).
But this isn’t meant to be a resumé. I’ve talked here and there about track records and having the ability to draw an audience based on it and Pearlman has that in vast quantities.
More than that, Pearlman is an artist who works to be deeply connected to her work and to her audience. Talk to her for just a few minutes and more than in anybody else I know, you can feel the passion she has for what she does and that she gets it in all the right ways. This was true when talking to her and the other half of MiCasa Theatre, Nicolas Di Gaetano about HROSES in 2013 and was still true talking to her about I Think My Boyfriend Should Have An Accent.
For this show, Pearlman is relishing in the challenge of doing something different than she’s known for. A whimsy-free solo story-telling show based on her own life experiences. As she puts it, it’s important to be able to look at and talk about the ugly pieces of ourselves and she hopes to encourage that in her audiences.
Plus, “uninhibited dancing”. Which might be worth the ticket price all on it’s own.