Company: Delirium Flower Productions, Winnipeg, MB
Venue: 2 - MTC Up the Alley
While Dahling’s got an acerbic wit, and a nice way with words, neither the subject matter or presentation are enough to make for a truly compelling show.
Canadian troubadour Hawksley Workman somehow always manages to deliver a fresh take on the well-worn subject of romantic relations. Unfortunately, while Workman's songs are a running thread here, Dirty and True
can't accomplish the same feat.
Winnipeg writer and stand-up comic Melanie Dahling takes us through her dating history in this (mostly) solo show. And while she's got an acerbic wit, and a nice way with words (discovering Workman's music awakes in her "a side of myself that was base, vulgar, and insatiable"), neither the subject matter nor presentation are enough to make for a truly compelling show.
Relationships are hard, dating sucks a lot of the time - most of us know this, and while very personal, Dirty and True
doesn't dig much deeper than that.
Dahling brings guitarist Lukas Thiessen along to help with the musical numbers (Workman songs, the devious melodies of which sometimes get the better of Dahling as singer), and to occasionally step into the role of a boyfriend. He also had to do a fair bit of prompting on opening night.
First show line stumbles are forgivable, though - they'll get fixed as the run goes on. An underdeveloped script, though, probably won't.