Reviews - Fringe 2018

Heatwave

By Mackenzie Kristjon Jenkyns
Published July 23, 2018

Heatwave
Heatwave

Heatwave explores some of the social issues surrounding gender and sexuality in an increasingly diverse time in which people are often quick to label others by their sexuality in an almost endless game of identity politics that, at the best of times, is confusing - especially when identities are fluid.

The core of the plot involves Danny and Mia, who are lesbian lovers. I bet you are already wondering if they are lipstick lesbians (which is part of the social commentary here).

Anyway, Danny is transitioning and has not told Mia, which sets off a firestorm of controversy in their relationship. Meanwhile, Mia also seems to think Danny might have an interest in the straight and recently single woman Gabby.

The other stream of all-too-common relationship issues comes in the hilarious form of Danny's mother, who is one of these ladies who means well but is completely out to lunch and insensitive to every character.

Case in point, it is her birthday and yet she brings presents that are completely inappropriate. It actually was funny but we all know in real life, it actually isn't.

Overally, Heatwave is an intriguing examination of stereotypes and identity politics. Definitely worth seeing.

Mackenzie Kristjon is an Icelandic-Canadian singer-songwriter and all around creative force. He has published numerous books including the award-winning Culinary Saga of New Iceland. He also has roots in community radio at CFRU 93.3 FM in Guelph. To hear/see/download his music, you can visit thismaddesire.bandcamp.com.

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