Company: Spoiled Child, Toronto, ON
Venue: 11 - Red River College
Sanders is an energetic comic performer, who finds real heart and vulnerability in what could easily be a one-dimensional character.
It's not easy being a washed-up teenage pop star - you're either an object of pity or parody, with few tangible skills to survive in the real world.
So what's a C-grade celebrity to do?
Well, if you're Spoiled Child
, the insecure, entitled, Twitter-obsessed creation of Toronto playwright Katherine Sanders, you find a charitable cause - preferably one involving a cute animal - that will catapult you back into the public eye.
So Spoiled Child
sets her sights on saving the polar bears, and soon finds herself on an Arctic cruise drawing attention to the cause (mainly through vapid Instagram posts and a self-serving documentary).
One of the funniest recurring gags in this play is that Margaret Atwood ("Don't I recognize you from Season 5 of Project Runway
?" asks Spoiled Child
) shows up as an unlikely fairy godmother. Her advice that "It's never too late to be what you could have been" spurs our clueless anti-heroine to take action.
Sanders is an energetic comic performer, who finds real heart and vulnerability in what could easily be a one-dimensional character. And although she's covering well-trodden ground here - a skewering of everything from celebrity culture to the millennial generation - she makes up for it with a truly original and fantastical conclusion.