Company: Hot Thespian Action, Winnipeg, MB
Venue: 18 - The Gas Station Arts Centre
I laughed like I wasn’t alone, and my mom wasn’t alone outside waiting for me.
I was wracked with guilt. My mom joins me for a night of Fringing each year, and this year it included a show that I knew could sell out. I should have bought her an advance ticket a week ago. Duty bound, I did what I had to: I left my mom alone in front of the Gas Station on a cool Saturday night while I went inside for some Hot Thespian Action.
As I took my last-person-in front row seat, notebook in hand, I felt wrong. The vibes, as they say, were bad.
And then the show started. And I laughed. Until tears formed. Without taking any notes. Like I wasn't alone, and my mom wasn't alone outside waiting for me. I laughed hard enough that I felt after like I had released something.
I won't recount skits. I wouldn't rob your friends that do get in of that. I will say that these gifted comedians achieve something that's greater than the sum of its parts. Whether they're performing a wordless pantomime, a seated conversation piece, or a pop-culture pastiche, they draw from a razor-honed toolbox of movement, voice, intelligence and timing to cut the clearest diamond of funny from any concept. You may fall in love.
But heed my folly and plan ahead for future encounters with these Hot Thespians. My mom missed a hell of a good show.