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.
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)
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.