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A Canadian Bartender at Butlin's
Presented by Big Sandwich Productions

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Reviewed: 2005-07-21 11:27:50
Rated: 8 out of 10 [4 Stars]
By: Lorraine James (e-mail private -- log in to view)

Anytime T.J.Dawe is at the fringe festival, I'm going to see him perform. Every year, since I saw him present a segment of his "Tired Cliches" show in Vancouver several years ago, I made it a point to see him perform and since then, I've seen every show of his and have never been disappointed. As an actor, I'm always inspired with just the idea that I'd want to crank out my own one-person show just as I'm watching him onstage.
Anyway, the show started as T.J. walked out onto the darkened stage, standing on a bench that was his only set piece, wearing a casual outfil like he were going to the park later to hook up with his buddies, and spewed out a bit that no one understood until it all came together at the end of the show. He has a way of drawing you into his stories, whether they're real or fictional, varying his monologues with wit and heart. I've noticed that anytime an audience member sneezes, he'll quickly blurt out, "Bless you", while still in character, rolling on with the show, unless a cellphone rings or a watch beeps, he's seemless. Even if the sound cue is off, he'll roll with it. Last night was the first night of the fringe and the first night for his show, so don't miss this one. If you don't like one-person shows, then what's your problem? See this one. If you don't like T.J.Dawe, then why not, eh? See this show!

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