By Sam Mooney
Everything You Ever Needed To Know About Women: For Dummies was written by the three performers, Dwayne Morgan, Tomy Bewick and Leviathan Grant. It’s billed as a Spoken Word-Comedy. I’d classify it as dub poetry, not that I’m any great expert.
The show is presented a a series of classes designed to teach men about women and what they really want. It’s quite raunchy early on and then gets a bit sentimental and preachy. Definitely a lot of funny moments.
It could be that the heat is making me very prickly but I just didn’t engage with the show. The audience was quite small and there didn’t seem to be much energy between the audience and the performers. There were times that the performances didn’t seem to flow. I enjoyed the poetry feel.
One interesting thing, there were some people in the audience who were snapping their fingers when they particularly liked something. Maybe dub poetry is the successor to beat poetry.
Bonus – air conditioned venue
– Everything You Ever Needed To Know About Women: For Dummies is playing at the Royal St. George’s Auditorium, 120 Howland Avenue (North of Bloor)
– Thu, July 1 10:30 PM
Sat, July 3 11:30 PM
Sun, July 4 2:15 PM
Wed, July 7 7:45 PM
Thu, July 8 3:30 PM
Fri, July 9 11:30 PM
Sat, July 10 7:00 PM
– All individual Fringe tickets are $10 ($5 for FringeKids) at the door (cash only), Online at www.fringetoronto.com, by Phone at 416-966-1062, in person (June 30 – July 11 only) at The Randolph Centre for the Arts, 736 Bathurst Street (Advance tickets are $11 ($10+$1 convenience fee), and $5 for FringeKids (no convenience fee for kids tickets).
– Several money-saving passes are available if you plan to see at least 5 shows