Three things to know about One Step At A Time:

1) If your show includes the exasperated voiceover “Oh boy. A whole hour of this,” then it’s vital to ensure what follows isn’t pedantic.

2) No aspect of this production is ready for the stage. Ostensibly a storytelling solo monologue, One Step At A Time is a humorless plod through one man’s childhood in Cleveland, his relationship with his mother, his perfunctory coming-out story, his time at a Thailand monastery—all delivered with minimal conflict and structure. James Melcher’s script is awkward, and his performance is detached and not fully memorized.

3) If your show includes a dramatic reading of the email you almost sent to your director trying to pull out of the Fringe over your fears that the show is “meaningless”, then it’s vital to…find meaning. Like, any meaning. Even a little.

Remaining performances at Studio 1398 on September 9 (2:30 p.m.), 12 (9:30 p.m.), 14 (5 p.m.), 15 (4:45 p.m.) > David Johnston


This is a guest review.

David Johnston is a Vancouver-based actor, aerialist, and writer, not in that order. He recently hailed from the Edmonton Fringe, where he saw many excellent shows and also ate a green onion cake. The green onion cake got three-and-a-half stars. David is a recent graduate of Studio 58, and is currently writing a script about reviews, so this should be a rather meta experience. He’s delighted to join FRESH SHEET for the Vancouver Fringe.


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