Vancouver Fringe Festival review: Everybody Dies in December

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      Claire, a third generation funeral director, spends most of her time talking to dead bodies on her table: old crushes, strangers, family friends.

      These interactions are much easier than the mess of living, and her explicit envy of these corpses and the way in which she professes her love for each of them are, yes, creepy, but also deeply vulnerable. Claire guards her soft, broken self behind a hardness that is both survival instinct and performative.

      Playwright and actor Nancy Kenny is riveting and the character of Claire is brilliantly nuanced. Macabre, funny, and surprisingly heartbreaking, Everybody Dies is both a dark comedy and a tension-filled emotional thriller.