Reviews - Fringe 2018

...like nobody's watching

By Mackenzie Kristjon Jenkyns
Published July 24, 2018

...like nobody's watching
...like nobody's watching

So Jake Simonds comes from Portland, Oregon, where I understand they make bicycles out of harpsichords and restaurants advertise that they might have a gluten or meat option, etc. This may explain the zany performance art I experienced.

This was part lecture, part dance performance, part musical, and completely Fringe. There was an impromptu interview with an audience member, some juggling, and a lot of information and theory about being on a deserted island. I even introduced Castaway Jake at the beginning.

Did I mention Tom Hanks?

Yes, this production is in part a fan letter to Tom Hanks and particularly the movie Castaway. In fact, aside from the almost endless trivia about Tom, at one point we sent a tweet to Tom Hanks with me posing in the picture. I expect to get the call soon from his manager that we are going to have dinner...

I would guess this show would be quite different every time, and actually, I was somewhat disappointed that we did not get into the rum-drinking portion of the show. Nonetheless, it was one of the more intriguing shows I have seen at this or any other Fringe.

If you want a taste of the madness that creeps in when you have been adrift for a bit too long, watch Joe vs. the Volcano and Castaway and then go see this.

Bon voyage!

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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