Fringe Fest 2013: The Last Show You’ll Ever See suffers its fool gladly
Sarah Liane Foster stars in her original work about a woman with a trombone who is trying to give a concert but keeps getting sidetracked by her obsession with the end of the world. She uses pantomime, a bit of clowning, and a variety of sight gags that range from clever (she begins the concert with a suite for the deconstructed trombone) to gratingly repetitive (cranking her head up and down in time with a piece of the trombone stand over and over). The trombonist is a vibrant throwback to a simpler time and Foster works hard for her laughs. The rest of the audience seemed charmed and engaged, but I found the character irritating and exaggerated, reminding me that at the Fringe, if you don’t opt in right away, 60 minutes can feel like this really is the last show you’ll ever see.
At the False Creek Gymnasium on September 8 (5 p.m.), 10 (5 p.m.), 12 (8:20 p.m.), 14 (4:50 p.m.), and 15 (3:35 p.m.)