Following up last year’s hit, Gametes and Gonads, Jeff Leard brings The Show Must Go On to Ottawa this year. The Show Must Go On builds from Leard’s experiences and three decades of stories heard during his two years travelling with a children’s theatre troupe.
Should you see it?
The Show Must Go On was how I closed my 2013 Ottawa Fringe and it was a good choice. Creator and performer Jeff Leard has built the show around the life of a member of a touring children’s theatre company, creating one person’s year long journey out of the stories he’s heard and experienced during his own time as a member of a touring children’s theatre company.
More than just a performer or storyteller, Leard is an actor and that distinction shows through in a way that sets him apart from other solo story tellers that litter the Fringe circuit. Dressed in his Rumplestiltskin costume, Leard’s always engaging and he knows how to craft a story that gives you just enough a bit at a time to keep you engaged and wanting to hear more. It’s a sixty minute show that just zips by.
While the core of The Show Must Go On is the horror stories – and many of them, like a near gruesome end at the hands of some bikers, are indeed horrible – it also comes around full circle to close with a very poignant message about why artists do what it is that they do. A show worth checking out.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think? Did you find Leard lacking as a storyteller? How did The Show Must Go On compare to last year’s Gametes and Gonads? Tell me in the comments below.
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