Pillow Talk (The O.C.) 2017 Fringe Review

Adam Martignetti, Charlotte Cattell & Olivia Brodie-Dinsdale in the show PillowtalkWhat do you want to see this Toronto Fringe? Even if you don’t know, The O.C. knows exactly what you need, and it comes in the form of Pillow Talk – an original sketch comedy show, written and performed by Adam Martignetti, Charlotte Cattell and Olivia Brodie-Dinsdale – that you simply need to go see. It should be on your Fringe short-list. Seriously.

You never know where they’re going to take their next joke, and the unexpectedness and surprise of it all makes for some really off-the wall comedy. There are a few poignant bits scattered in, and they’ll even have you contemplate questions such as: Why it is we care about what people will think about us after we die? But you’ll basically be laughing the entire time. It’s great writing brought to life by stellar performances, and you’ll wish every comedy show could be as good as this.

You may be able to relate some of their sketches to situations from your own life, but whatever they’ve created will inevitably be funnier than what you’ve lived through. They play off well-known phenomenon such as technologically inept mothers, awkward bus stop encounters, realizing your kid is stupider than the rest, and running from your problems, to name a few.

A significant strength of the writing is how they carry over some of the same themes, jokes, and characters into different sketches throughout the show, while at the same time managing to deftly introduce ‘new’ characters. The arrival of these new characters right up until the very end of the show keeps the on-stage dynamic fresh and interesting, and is a testament to the trio’s versatile acting abilities.

Pillow Talk isn’t a show about sexy-time gone awry. It’s about sexy- time that never even got started because you were having too much of a time being single with your pillow.

Go see their show, please.

Details

  • Pillow Talk plays at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace. (16 Ryerson Ave.)
  • 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 Warnings: Sexual Content, Mature Language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible. Accessible seating is in the very front row.

Performances

  • Thursday July 6th, 08:15 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 12:30 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 05:15 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 10:45 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 01:45 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 09:15 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 05:15 pm

Photo of Adam Martignetti, Charlotte Cattell & Olivia Brodie-Dinsdale by Willow Mackenzie.

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