Fringe Fest 2013: Bursting Into Flames by Martin Dockery is manic, loud, and busy
Martin Dockery, who knocked it out of the park with The Bike Trip last year, swings and misses this time around. In Bursting Into Flames, Dockery’s character finds himself dead and, to his surprise, in heaven. Things are great there: you can get as drunk as you want and still drive; you’re already dead. The narrative twist that Dockery has in store is obvious from square one, and his manic delivery is exhaustingly relentless. A couple of bits, including a story about a marijuana-fuelled trip to the moon, sustain themselves. Dockery’s riotous inventiveness impresses, but you need more—like maybe a quest or consequential relationships—to hold a show together. Flames is loud and busy, but none of it really matters.
At the Cultch Historic Theatre on September 7 (6:45 p.m.), 9 (8:15 p.m.), 10 (7:45 p.m.), 12 (5:15 p.m.), 14 (4 p.m.), and 15 (8:30 p.m.).