Fringe Fest 2013: The Adversary finds compassion through janitorial tale
In The Adversary, monologuist Andrew Bailey pretty much delivers a lesson. Never a wise strategy. Bailey tells us about dealing with junkies—and an apparent psychopath—when he was a janitor at a downtown Victoria church. Bailey’s stance as a lapsed Christian is clear. He can’t believe that a just god would make psychopaths: “How could He create people only to give up on them?” Bailey advocates filling the religion-shaped hole with compassion: “If God’s not lookin’ out for us, we gotta look out for one another.” Fair enough, but this viewpoint is preset. Bailey is smart and he knows how to play nerdiness for laughs. But because the autobiographical hero of his story doesn’t change in a significant way through interacting with Jamie, the crazy, potentially murderous street person, The Adversary is flat.
At the Waterfront Theatre on September 7 (6:30 p.m.), 9 (10:15 p.m.), 10 (7:30 p.m.), 12 (5 p.m.), 14 (12:30 p.m.), and 15 (8:30 p.m.).