Vancouver Fringe Festival review: Giant Invisible Robot is the real deal

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Meet the Fringe circuit’s newest star. In Giant Invisible Robot, Jayson McDonald tells the story of an abused kid named Russell who acquires an invisible friend—a friend programmed to destroy cities. McDonald’s writing is both absurd and poetic: “Her sequined track suit was riding so high I thought she had four ass cheeks”; “Invisible Robot is asleep, dreaming in zeroes and ones.” The guy is also an impressively precise and inspired performer, transforming into a wild range of characters—from the bellicose General Panic to adult Russell’s sexy upstairs neighbour. McDonald varies his textures—the robot’s one appearance feels otherworldly—and he makes unsentimental plot choices. Golden. This show is the real deal.

At the Revue Stage on September 9 (8:45 p.m.), 10 (9:50 p.m.), 11 (1:45 p.m.), 13 (9:30 p.m.), 16 (5 p.m.), and 17 (3:30 p.m.)

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