From the press release:
Still Your Friend Presents
The Life Henri
A Fantastical Trip to Paris and a Bygone Era at the Toronto Fringe
Written and Performed by Adam Bailey
“Adam Bailey’s third play is the art history lesson that you didn’t get in uni, blending those slides with equal parts comedy and existential angst”
★★★★ Vue Weekly
History’s greatest house party and the invention of modern plumbing collide in the unlikely story of Henri Rousseau’s climb from art zero to art hero. Dubbed “Lovely and Entertaining” by Vue Weekly when the show previewed last year at the Edmonton Fringe, The Life Henri, marks Adam Bailey’s third original play since penning The Assassination of Robert Ford and Adam Bailey is On Fire. Once again finding surprising insights and humour in an almost unbelievable true story.
After touring the critically acclaimed Adam Bailey is on Fire across Canada, The Life Henri is a second emersion into what it means to be an outsider and what it takes to “fit in”. Blending the life of Henri Rousseau with one of Stephen King’s most famous creations and a dash of the performers own insights the show aims at revealing the universal struggle to belong. Told by Adam Bailey in the intimate (and licenced) Pierre Leon Gallery, this show will entrance art lovers of any age.
Adam Bailey has won two Patrons’ Picks and a Best of Fringe Award. As a performer he has been describe as “agreeably user friendly” (Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal) as well as “a quick-witted and flexible storyteller” (Vue). His writing both “sobering” and “clever” (Steve Fisher, Torontoist), “inventive and honest” (Vue), “smart, witty, and funny” (Sam Mooney, Mooney on Theatre). Director Laura Anne Harris of Pitch Blonde, is also a Fringe darling whose last outing in Toronto, The Homemaker, earned her an “Artist to Watch” nod and a NNNN review from Now Magazine. Together they hope to be one of your top picks at this year’s Fringe.
- The Life Henri plays at l’Alliance Francaise. (24 Spadina Rd.)
- Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
- Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
- Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
- Content Warning: Mature Language.
- According to the paper program, the Festival does not consider this venue wheelchair-accessible.
- July 6th, 07:00 pm
- July 7th, 07:00 pm
- July 8th, 07:00 pm
- July 9th, 07:00 pm
- July 10th, 07:00 pm
- July 11th, 07:00 pm
- July 12th, 07:00 pm
- July 13th, 07:00 pm
- July 14th, 07:00 pm
- July 15th, 07:00 pm
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