Reviews - Fringe 2009

Miss April Day's School for Burgeoning Young Strippers

By Tom Mackan
Published July 18, 2009

Written and performed by June Morrow
Directed by Dave McKay

Do get out and catch this one-woman show while it's with us in Hamilton this week. If what you see is not the stripping career-experience of Miss April Day herself, then June Morrow is just a stand-up comic with a gimmick. This observer has no such hesitant suspicions... Morrow is Miss April Day, and she knows all about it.

My dears, if there is a life behind those dance poles and strip club stages, and if there's a chance for you to finally enjoy a private dance experience without embarrassment, well, it's here for the week during the Hamilton Fringe.

She's some teacher, this Miss April, and you won't be allowed to miss a moment of her class. She's all action, is our teacher, her lessons are vivid and oh-so-funny... from teen angst through mature experience in the trade, she and her Director have crafted an evening of delicious intimacy.

Minimal props and effects, a trademark of the Fringe, Morrow's best teaching device is her still curvaceous body and she uses it very, very well, always comfortable with herself, so don't worry about any cringe factor.

Above all, it's a story about a real someone, and it's delightfully told and sung (a little off key) with honest and cheerful intimacy. Don't miss it.


Tom Mackan is Publisher and editor of NEWZY BITZ, an online Community Theatre newsletter in the GHA, with over 200 subscribers. He is a Member of the Board, Theatre Burlington; an actor and director in GHA Community Theatre for fifty years; winner of over 25 awards and citations in the Western Ontario region and beyond; recipient of 2007 City of Hamilton Arts Award (Theatre); a Graduate of Canadian Theatre School (Sterndale Bennett) Toronto, 1955; and a retired teacher of English and Drama in public and private schools in the GHA and abroad.

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By Jacksie (anonymous) | Posted August 08, 2009 at 20:58:06

Well put Tom - agree with you completely. June was great. This was my first Hamilton Fringe - next year I plan to buy the pass and takr in most, if not all, of the scheduled activities.

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