Reviews - Fringe 2009

Miss April Day's School for Burgeoning Young Strippers

By Lisa Marie DiLiberto
Published July 19, 2009

I toured with Miss April in 2007 and she was doing the same show then. But if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Miss April knows how to play with her audience. Literally. She has vulnerability and a good sense of humour and timing that comes from being comfortable on stage.

I like her little storybook and the politics that she sneaks in among the fluff. I appreciate the narrative that she follows with re-occurring characters and the allusions to the Y & R, which keep the story ridiculous.

The style of the play merits song - but I think karaoke would be a better choice for Miss April. Other than that - a fun piece which is worthy of fringe fans.

Lisa Marie DiLiberto is a professional actress and clown and the Artistic Director of FIXT POINT, a theatre company with a mandate to inspire audiences to imagine change. FIXT POINT has a home studio in Parkdale, Toronto but the company has toured original work across Canada, (Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver) to Graz and Vienna in Austria, to the Prague International Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe and the Isle of Whyte (UK). Lisa Marie is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School, an alumus of Second City and has trained in character, mask, vaudeville and clown with Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France. Lisa Marie animates neighbourhoods through her work in community arts where she is Associate Artistic Director for Jumblies Theatre, and the Artistic Director of Arts4All. This fall, FIXT POINT will be producing THE TALE OF A TOWN in studio and then in association with Theatre Passe Muraille in May 2010. FIXT POINT: DREAM BIG, start small...

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By redwinger (anonymous) | Posted July 21, 2009 at 10:13:24

Karaoke?!...Come on, sure she ain't no Diva (she's playing a stripper for crying out loud)...the songs are in fact a hightlight of this wonderfully fun and surprisingly revealing production. Though "karaoke" is a "clever" little dig by our reviewer it is totally irrelevent to the integrity and honesty to Miss Aprils vocal expression (in song or otherwise).

Put it on and belt it out Miss April!

Peace and Congrats

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