FOUR STARS | Master storyteller TJ Dawe takes Fringers on a trip with many satisfying stops
Company: Big Sandwich Productions, Vancouver
Venue: 13 — Bandwidth Theatre
"Everybody has a story," says master Fringe talespinner TJ Dawe at the outset of his latest one-man winner, Burn Job.
But there's often a gap between the story we tell ourselves and what really happened.
I occasionally got lost on Dawe's path but he always made satisfying stops.- Kaj Hasselriis
For 75 mesmerizing minutes, Dawe tells a true tale that takes us from an elementary school playground in Victoria, B.C., to a Buddhist retreat in upstate New York more than two decades later. Along the way, he detours into the Marvel comic books universe, A Clockwork Orange, the true value of Foreigner's mid-80s hit I Want To Know What Love Is, and some thoughtful life lessons.
I occasionally got lost on Dawe's path but he always made satisfying stops.
"There's a place for you in the bigger world," he says, "if you're willing to take it."
Burn Job is worth the trip.