Vancouver Fringe Festival review: Big Queer Filipino Karaoke Night

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      With a red skirt, blue top, and flower in her hair, Davey Samuel Calderon’s drag alter ego, Didi, resembles the Philippine flag as this karaoke hostess tells stories of having felt like a “Canadian alien in a Filipino bodysuit” until a first visit to the country two years ago.

      Calderon recalls his enthusiasm about learning Tagalog and Filipino cultural traditions, alongside discomfort with having to hide his bakla (queer) status.

      Calderon’s chronological approach to his stories leaves some dropped threads (a secret half-auntie?) and underdeveloped ideas (politics), and his delivery feels a bit underrehearsed; this seems like an early version of what could become a strong show.

      The lively karaoke interludes invite audience participation, so if you’re dying to get that mike in your hand, here’s your chance.

       

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