by Bruce McKay
The Birdmann, hailing from Australia, has been characterized in reviews as “original,” “charismatic,” even “edgy,” and with a “show like no other.” Well, perhaps, though manically silly was what I came away with. It appears that one’s quest for freedom can mean doing whatever you feel like doing – such as throwing cutlery or pouring water through your nose -- albeit in a polite sort of way. The Birdmann is quite likeable somehow and the pretty-much packed house lapped it up with even a couple of bravos thrown in. You might enjoy this kind of performance for the sheer inanity of it all but if you don’t like silliness then I would stay away.
The Birdmann is at the Montreal Fringe