|AIN'T TRUE & UNCLE FALSE|
|PAUL STRICKLAND PRESENTS|
Sunday, August 6 - Standard reviews actually need at least two EXTRA stars beyond the usual five to give this one-man show its proper due. Really! Paul Strickland has totally captured the charm of Southern style storytelling in his rambling tale of the foibles of off-kilter characters in his cul-de-sac trailer park and at the Big Fib Pea Factory. He shares his anecdotes with a twinkle in his eye and disarmingly unstoppable energy that makes the public both his happy prisoner and his personal plaything. Checking in to see if people have caught a joke or how closely an audience is following is as delightfully droll as the story itself. And it pays handsomely to be attentive to his words for at every emphatic turn, eccentric and comedic details are slyly revisited with little asides that the performer slips in without ever breaking stride. The facial and vocal incarnations of the denizens of his Mark Twainish world are hysterically spot-on, complete with seemingly homey utterances that may turn out to be aphorisms or truths… unless… after a pregnant pause… he debunks them in the next phrase. At times he edges us close to pathos describing the plight or dilemma of a character, but then he pulls back and saves the day with humorous relief. Still he manages to end with a little lesson of philosophical insight around the slogan “I AM…” Frankly, folks, you could not ask for a more inventive, inspired, genuine, and spontaneous experience in the theatre.
Ian C. Nelson
|August 5, 5:45pm - Paul Strickland is a master storyteller and an amazing actor. He played many characters easily and believably. I found this play very enjoyable and am so glad I got to see it.|
|Sunday, August 6 - Paul Strickland is an absolutely wonderful, heart-felt performer. This hour long story telling play has a delightful mixture of warmth, humour, & suspense. That last part is quite impressive when you realize that much of the content is obviously fictional. Strickland is so engaging with voice, eye contact with the audience, & facial expression, that he keeps you fully involved throughout the show. In fact, he has a special knack for making the audience feel comfortable & at ease which only enhances the material he has to share. Add in a couple great songs & you have the makings for an excellent Fringe experience. Sean|
|August 5 - A very warm and polished performance. Full of fun with puns! I enjoyed the fact that the performer was able to impart some poignant life lessons in a fun and (seemingly) effortless manner. A very good show! Heather Lau|