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.