Thursday, July 10, 2014

Review: (Toronto) Baker's Dozen (Fringe)

Beyond the Puppet People
by Jessica Yen

Baker's Dozen is a fun one-man puppet show that delightfully pokes fun at the justice system. 

A jury has been assembled to determine whether the Butcher killed the Baker. A motley crew of characters have been assembled, all portrayed by one puppeteer (Adam Francis Proulx) and a box full of interchangeable lips, eyes and hair.

Each puppet transforms before our eyes and Proulx masterfully creates distinct physicality and characteristics for each one. You never know who's coming next, but the anticipation is always rewarded. There's lots of humour, and each puppet has a different kind of humour. But amidst all the fun, Proulx still manages to make some thoughtful commentary on societal views towards Gay men, white privilege and the jury system.

It's a piece worth seeing!

July 2 - 13

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