Since the Fringe began last week, I’ve seen shows on pedophile parents, terminally-ill miners, murdered teens, failing seniors and brave cancer patients. That’s a load that can make your heart heavy, so it was a real pleasure to simply enjoy Anne-Marie Woods’ The Fringe Show — Live and Fully Improvised! The show consists of several segments including Woods’ “therapy session”, a comic riff on issues in her life. The audience participation section was raucous on the night I went, with volunteers singing Whitney Houston songs and doing a memorable rendition of the robot. The talk show portion of the evening proved to be entertaining and informative and included a young local spoken word/visual artist and mother and young daughter who share a gift for visual arts. The evening ended with Woods slipping into her spoken word alter ego Amani to share her beautiful poetry and singing voice. The perfect antidote to a heavy heart!
The Fringe Show — Live and Fully Improvised! runs Sept. 11 at 3:40 and 9:40 and Sept. 12 8:50 at the Bus stop Theatre.