Fringe review: ‘Shoshinz Presents A Day in the Life of Miss Hiccup,’ Shoshinz, Tokyo, Japan
By Elizabeth Maupin
If you can imagine an Asian Carmen Miranda, the image you come up with will be a dead ringer for the center character in A Day in the Life of Miss Hiccup – a Carmen Miranda with flower-bedecked dress, elegant red satin gloves and a bonnet bouquet, but a Carmen Miranda in whiteface who never says a word. Shoshinz is said to be Japanese for “shy, timid people,” but this solo performer, who calls herself Yanomi Shoshinz, isn’t so much shy as silent, except for a tiny case of the hiccups.
As you watch, she goes about the business of her day – brushing her teeth, breaking eggs for her breakfast, singing opera on the john. But unexpected things keep happening: Her breakfast turns into something else entirely, and one of her feet, in a squeaky slipper, develops a mind of its own.
Yanomi makes wonderful use of sound effects, and there’s both comedy and beauty in the very small things this woman does as her day goes on. The through line in Miss Hiccup doesn’t add up to much, and the hourlong show may feel a bit lengthy. But Shoshinz proves that tiny can be beautiful.
Remaining shows: 6:55 p.m. Tuesday 5/25, 11:35 p.m. Thursday 5/27, 7:30 p.m. Saturday 5/29, 1:40 p.m. Sunday 5/30. Yellow venue.