New Fringe reviews from Colin (Sept 9): Multiple Organism, Roller Coaster, Just Not That Woman

Here you go! Three more!

 

Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. is presenting Multiple Organism at the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

She will turn around. And that mouth will start talking.

MULTIPLE ORGANISM

Yay bodies! Yay sex! Yay pooping!

In Multiple Organism, Chloé Ziner and Jessica Gabriel from Mind of a Snail Puppet Co., celebrate all the glorious weirdness of being embodied. And they throw in a generous spin on gender norms to boot.

In this wildly risk-taking and welcome new show, they tell the story of an objectified artists’ model who falls into the toilet with a couple of toothbrushes, and…Just wait. It’s worth it.

Their theatrical techniques are terrific. Using overhead projectors, they create a kind of wacky shadow puppetry. Like regular actors do, they also play characters, and, in a fantastically surreal device, they use their bodies as projection surfaces.

There is a kind of genius in the combination of abandon and skill that Ziner and Gabriel bring to this piece. Before this, I didn’t understand Mind of a Snail’s popularity. But I get it now. I am a Snailhead.

Remaining performances at the Firehall Arts Centre on September 10 (7:30 p.m.), 12 (8 p.m.), 14 (5 p.m.), 15 (10:15 p.m.), 16 (noon), and 17 (4:15 p.m.) [Read more…]