Vancouver Fringe Festival review: Self-ish

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      Since her father ("Apa" in Korean) died a year ago, Esther hasn’t really felt like herself. Now her mom wants her to hide her Apa’s ashes from her visiting uncle.

      The ensuing emotional crisis is very entertaining, thanks to Kuan Foo’s witty, nuanced script and Diana Bang’s lightly self-mocking stage presence.

      Foo’s descriptions of the other characters in Esther’s world are concise and razor-sharp: her boss, Daryl, is “probably the closest a human being has ever come to existing in a state of pure math” and her rage-aholic mother is “a cyclone with a perm”, with whom Esther is constantly at war: “I have a lot of buttons and she has a lot of fingers.”

      Bang’s only props are a set of cardboard boxes that she manipulates throughout—often ingeniously, but too often on the whole. Director Dawn Milman could easily cut some of the physical business and trust in Foo’s text and in Bang's connection with the audience.

      At the Revue Stage on September 9 (7:15 p.m.), 10 (5 p.m.), 12 (10:15 p.m.), 14 (8:30 p.m.), and 15 (2:15 p.m.)