Fringe

REVIEW: Do I have to do everything my fucking self?

Do I have to do everything review

The Fringe Festival has been a bit of an enigma to me for the past few years. Despite living in Victoria, I never found the time to see a show in the festival. Do I Have To Do Everything My Fucking Self is not a show I would typically see, but that is exactly why I chose to see it.

Regina steps out on stage with nothing but her personality, which incidentally is big enough to fill the stage at Fairfield Hall. Unabashedly herself, she shows the audience her fun-loving and hilarious side while also managing to connect on a heartfelt level, with tales of her past and how she became who she is today.

She is flexible in both her movements and her performance, and I would venture to add improv to the long list of identifiers for this show, which already includes cabaret, comedy, and musical. She urges the audience to participate and talks with them, making for even more comedic opportunities. She also lets the show find its own footing, allowing for a very relaxed theatrical experience. Though some of her humor was outdated, she still managed to have the audience laughing, even as they left. Though it is a cabaret or variety show, I found myself wanting to hear more from this fascinating character about how these songs connected to the rest of the piece, as they seemed to pop up out of nowhere rather than being woven into the narrative.

This play was completely Fringe-worthy and manages to have heartfelt moments while being outrageously funny. Do not let this one slip away.

Reviewed at the 2015 Victoria Fringe Festival.

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