Company: Sourdough Productions, San Francisco, CA
Venue: 5 - Son of Warehouse
Explaining our geeky passions to others who don't necessarily share them is usually less than compelling.
All of us, says circus arts performer Aji Slater, have something we're geeky about - be it comic books or cars or football or Doctor Who
. The problem, as his solo show proves, is that explaining our geeky passions to others who don't necessarily share them is usually less than compelling.
A natural and easy-going - if maybe a bit too low-key - performer, he explains to us how he fell in love with the circus. He mixes in a few good circus tricks, like hat juggling - but a few more would make for a more engrossing performance.
As it is, though, his autobiographical tale is personal and pleasant, but not remarkable enough to be truly engaging. He struggled bravely to connect with a small crowd at the matinee performance I saw, but never quite made us care enough about his obvious passion for the circus.
Hardcore fans of the circus arts will appreciate his skills. But for casual Fringers, this show doesn't quite do the trick.