Reviews - Fringe 2009

The Fail Whale Tales

By Judith Sandiford
Published July 21, 2009

Too bad the brain works faster than fingers. So we're already thinking about something else by the time Todd Van Allen has finished typing his one-liner jokes (well, that's 140-character tweets) in Twitter.

They're supposed to make us laugh, but as I say, my mind.... I guess it's kinda exciting watching the character counter count down.

Todd also spent valuable time giving us a little Twitter 101 course, seriously. Yeah, I know none of us put up our hand admitting that we may tweet occasionally so we got what we deserved.

One more thing - where was the interactive part? Didn't someone in the audience have a cellphone to tweet back?

And what about those 370 folks online listening (I mean, watching the tweets update)? Couldn't they tweet back so we could have some fun, or maybe a little lol.

Judith Sandiford is a theatre designer, a visual artist, and Managing Director of Artword Theatre. With partner playwright and director Ronald Weihs, she created and operated a performance facility in Toronto, where, for over 12 years, they created, fostered and presented many original works of theatre and dance. In 2008, Artword relocated to Hamilton where it has just completed its season of four original works with a Hamilton theme. Artword is currently working on its plans for its 2009-2010 season here.


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