Company: Black Sheep Theatre, Ottawa, ON / Toronto, ON
Venue: 6 - Tom Hendry Theatre at the MTC Warehouse
Coffee shops, it seems, are just not that interesting.
If you're one if those "grab a cuppa coffee somewhere in the morning" people, odds are you go in, get your coffee, and leave. And after seeing Rebecca Perry's semi-autobiographical solo show, I think I know why. Because coffee shops, it seems, are just not that interesting.
Perry plays Joanie Little, a 20-something working a dead end job at a coffee shop. So she ostensibly sets out to explore the anthropology of the environs - Jane Goodall style.
And an exploration of quirky characters in a coffee shop might be fun. But really, this is all about Joanie, and her "quarter-life crisis." Inspiring this crisis are such first world problems as a job that sucks, an ex-boyfriend who sucks, and lousy tippers who suck.
And unfortunately, Confessions... doesn't dig an awful lot deeper than that until its conclusion - which is tender and thoughtful. But neither that nor some very lovely musical interludes are enough to redeem the preceding 75 minutes of tedium.
It's a shame, because Perry is clearly a talented performer, hampered by her own material. But this show needs a jolt of something a lot stronger than caffeine to perk it up.