Review: Raccoonery! – Morgan Brayton is willing to play and have fun

Tomfoolery?  Shenanigans?  How about Raccoonery!?  Indeed, I would have to agree, existing words could not do justice to Morgan Brayton’s latest cast of oddball characters in a Vancouver Fringe show that will have you laughing out loud.

Morgan Brayton in Raccoonery!In an all-too-quick 50 minutes, Brayton introduces us to seven distinctly different characters from the television pitchwoman selling a rather unorthodox weight-loss programme to the unlikely high-school valedictorian through to a youngster whose ultimate tantrum had the audience screaming “ice-cream” for Brayton’s curtain call.

While humour is definitely the flavour of the day, Brayton also proves she is a fine actor.  Beyond the quirky characters, witty insights and unbridled enthusiasm for her material, it was in the small details that makes Raccoonery! more than just a simple mixed bag of the eccentric.  A quick glance, an unexpected pause or a knowing smile all help elevate the show from being just another run-of-the-mill Fringe sketch show.  Of course, it also helps that Brayton has managed to write characters that seem fully fleshed out despite having only a few minutes each on stage.

Brayton fully commits, takes chances but most importantly is willing to play and have fun.  Raccoonery indeed!

(Raccoon suit not included)

4 Out of 5 Stars Raccoonery!
Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island

Saturday, Sept 11, 8:35pm
Thursday, Sept 16, 10:25pm
Friday, Sept 17, 7:00pm
Sunday, Sept 19, 12:25pm

Visit http://www.vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.

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