Company: mouse+meadow productions, Toronto, ON
Venue: 11 - Red River College
After 40 minutes of birdy confessing all the things that make her feel guilty or worried, the performance starts to feel a bit one-note.
birdy is a worrier. She worries about what to wear in the morning, about the disabled guy in her yoga class, about over-fishing in the oceans. And she really, really worries about her grandfather. Which is strange, because he died before she was even born.
With her wide eyes and shaky smile, writer/performer Karie Richards certainly captures the nervous energy of a woman on the edge of a breakdown. But we're never really sure why birdy is so anxious, other than a brief mention of her grandfather undergoing electric shock therapy.
After 40 minutes of birdy confessing all the things that make her feel guilty or worried, the performance starts to feel a bit one-note. Although Richards is a fine actress who seems to have a deep emotional connection to her material, her character never progresses.
At the very end of the play birdy asks, "Am I OK?" and whispers "yes." The trouble is, it's hard to believe her. Much like birdy's earlier reaction to a homeless man she passes on the street, by the end of this play I just wanted to make sure birdy was okay, take her home, and feed her an omelette.