Now, I must first admit that I’m biased where Scots are concerned. Not only do I have Scottish ancestry, but I love the Glasgow accent best of all, along with Glaswegians’ twisted sense of humour and noted capacity for telling a good yarn. Gilday ticks all the boxes. Those unfamiliar with the accent may have some trouble catching all of his words, but he really is quite clear and accessible.
Having said that, Gilday has memorized an astounding amount of material for this show. He may have written every word, but it’s still a huge undertaking and one in which he never falters. The segments of verse that make up the show are each very dense and deeply reflective. Some are funny, others are full of angst, but Gilday doesn’t flinch from exposing his weaknesses.
With an earnest delivery and thorough commitment, Kevin P. Gilday has created a show that holds its own unique place in the Fringe schedule. Those who love evocative language, cutting humour, and a creative approach to storytelling will quite appreciate this show.
- The Man Who Loved Beer is playing until July 12 at the Tarragon Theatre Solo Room (30 Bridgman Ave.)
- Tickets are $12 in advance, $10 at the door. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
- Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (416-966-1062), from the festival box office down Honest Ed’s Alley (581 Bloor West), or from the venue box office starting one hour before the peformance. Venue sales are cash-only.
- Be advised that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and latecomers are never admitted. Set your watch to CBC time, and arrive a few minutes early to avoid disappointment.
- This performance is not accessible for non-English speakers.
July 05 at 08:00 PM
July 07 at 10:15 PM
July 08 at 06:30 PM
July 09 at 02:45 PM
July 10 at 07:00 PM
July 11 at 01:00 PM
July 12 at 04:00 PM