From the Fringe: ‘Canuck Cabaret’

Fringe review: Canuck Cabaret, Bundle of Joy, Regina, Saskatchewan

By Elizabeth Maupin

If your idea of Canada is a bland, agreeable country to our north, the country with the world’s longest coastline and the birthplace of William Shatner and Joni Mitchell, your horizons may be expanded a bit with Canuck Cabaret, Paul Hutcheson and Sharon Nowlan’s 55 minutes of retro vaudeville.

Someone described it to me as The Ed Sullivan Show without Topo Gigio, but I think of it (the Sunday version, at least) as 21st-century burlesque – a little humor, a little poetry and some stripping, which is an odd combo for 11 on a Sunday morning, I can tell you. (The non-Sunday shows are different, I’m told.)

Hutcheson, who looks a bit like George Clooney, tells one of the stories from his solo show, Third Time Lucky, and he goes all serious with a list of three things the U.S. can learn from Canada. (Hint: They’re political, and he’s right.)

Nowlan bills herself as Miss Prairie Fire, who does a slightly salacious whip demonstration and an old-style fan dance; in between, guests from other Fringe shows do their things. Sunday morning’s version was rather too full of strippers for my taste (after four days of Fringe, I’ve had enough of stripping). But the good will of our neighbors to the north makes even the stripping look … well, nice.

Remaining shows: 7:40 p.m. Monday 5/24, 11:30 p.m. Tuesday 5/25, 7:10 p.m. Thursday 5/27, 11:55 p.m. Friday 5/28, noon Sunday 5/30. Orange venue.

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2 responses to “From the Fringe: ‘Canuck Cabaret’

  1. Michael Barbieri

    I do have to say that Sharon Nowlan’s Puppet style skills that I saw on Friday night are one the best I have seen in years.

  2. The weekday show is better, imo, and more worth seeing. Did not have the stripping that was in the Sunday show. The entire Sunday show was different than the weekday show (as they had announced at the Friday performance). I highly recommend the weekday version. It’s very funny.