Dead Unicorn Ink invites you to backstage of the greatest show on earth in Kavalier’s Kuriosities.
Should you see it?
Victor Kavalier. Owner and ringmaster of the travelling circus: Kavalier’s Kuriosities, husband to Lydia, the enchanting songstress, professional sword swallower and grade a jerk. Kavalier’s Kuriosities follows Victor, his wife Lydia, a young apprentice Simon and Lydia’s preacher brother Alexander as they discover that the travelling circus is not easy work, especially when everyone is in love with the ringmaster’s wife.
Kavalier’s Kuriosities starts off with great pizzazz. The staging, lighting and costumes set the mood for the show right away. There is grandeur in the way that Victor Kavalier introduces himself, but it’s quickly discovered that he is the only character who comes across as fitting to the story. Every other character feels slightly wooden and off kilter.
The play announces itself as happening in a time where freak shows thrived, but there is nothing “freak show” about anything in this play, other than Simon being sick and Alexander having incestuous feelings towards his sister. The only true deformity that comes across is the faulty Christian logic touted back and forth between two of the main characters.
Kavalier’s Kuriosities may impress in its dress and its set. It may impress in its descriptors, but its story falls short and drags. The ending is also quite rude and abrupt as it ends exactly when things start to get interesting; it’s unfortunate that it takes us an hour to get to that point.
Overall Kavalier’s Kuriosities is not the show it claims to be, despite actually having puppets, yet there are still many stronger Fringe shows out there with puppets this year that are worth checking out first.
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For more information on Kavalier’s Kuriosities, including show times and how to buy advance tickets, visit their show page on http://ottawafringe.com/tickets/kavaliers-kuriosities/