Saturday, July 6, 2013

Review: (Toronto) Kuwaiti Moonshine (Fringe)

The Force
by Winna Tse

Brace yourselves. Brought to us by Better to Burn Productions, Kuwaiti Moonshine is an in-depth, philosophical and emotional rollercoaster. It is a one man show, by playwright and performer Tim C. Murphy, that takes us through the turbulent journey of a 35 year-old Canadian man in Kuwait - Andy - as well as other bold, quirky and profound characters. As Murphy speaks and moves quickly between characters and stories, he challenges the audience to pay close attention which can be frustrating but exhilarating all the same. 

Murphy is a force. I appreciated his enthusiasm as he blazed through the intensity of his stories and monologues all in an hour, without missing a beat. He captures the spirit and personalities of his characters brilliantly, showing us the many facets of what it is to be human, and the pain and hope of our existence. By the end, we are taught a lesson in redemption –  our lives are short and anything or anyone has the power to change the course of our lives. Whether you’re going through a mid-life crisis or reinventing yourself after a traumatic experience, life trudges on and only you can decide how you want to live it.

Kuwaiti Moonshine is at the Toronto Fringe

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