Vancouver Fringe Festival review: Red Bastard: Lie With Me

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      This piece promises more transgression than it delivers.

      In his Red Bastard costume, Eric Davis looks like he has a belly full of tumours—or maybe is one. But his persona as a growling, snorting provocateur is in too-short supply in this show that explores love’s rules and monogamy’s limitations. There’s some fun audience participation—we are all liars, after all—but for a long chunk in the middle, Davis takes off his red latex to engage in a repetitive, shapeless lecture about how “the standard rules of love” run counter to human nature and therefore compel people to cheat. Davis is often charming and sometimes spontaneous, but his point could be made more compellingly.