Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Review: (Vancouver) Exit (Fringe)

More than just clowning around
by Chris Lane

Exit is about a clown named Alejandro who has come to Canada from Venezuela, and tells the audience his story and his impressions of the two countries.

The one-clown show is written and performed by Isaac Luy. Everything the energetic Luy does is exaggerated, so be prepared for an entire performance of clowning. But don’t expect a comedy; he talks about painful experiences in his character’s past and present, telling a compelling tale of how he ended up immigrating to Canada. If you’re not used to clowning, the show will take some getting used to, but it’s hard not to be charmed by the excitable and passionate clown.

Exit sheds light on some interesting aspects of being an immigrant, and teaches the audience some things about Canada they might take for granted. It’s a sweet little show that not only makes you laugh, but also makes you think about what’s good about our country, how it could be better, and why someone would come here despite loving their home country the way Alejandro does.

Exit runs for 50 minutes

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