Reviews - Fringe 2017

All KIDding Aside

By Arthur Bullock
Published July 27, 2017

The decision to have children was not always a difficult choice. Just a few generations ago, and in all the years preceding, getting pregnant was simply what women were expected to do. They were never asked if they were going to be a mother or not, because it never even occurred to anyone that this could potentially not happen. In recent times, however, it has suddenly become a very big decision in almost every woman's life.

In All KIDding Aside, Christel confronts the question of whether or not she ought to have children, naming many different reasons for wanting it and not wanting it.

She is at all times honest and energetic, to the point that she bursts into dance at several points during the play. Given that a song accompanies her when she does this, it can be assumed that this is a scripted occurrence, but it certainly does not feel forced.

Christel frequently uses metaphors to convey her intended meaning, some of which have attention called to them afterwards. This adds a special level of variety in what is otherwise a storytelling performance, and I think that it is a mark of just how creative the performer and director are.

This is also demonstrated by the show's exceptionally clever ending, which obviously will not be divulged herein.

The well-done ending is just one of many things that you will miss out on if you don't see Christel's show. I am not kidding when I say that she is absolutely brilliant.

All KIDding Aside
All KIDding Aside

Arthur Bullock is studying communications at McMaster University.

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