Monday, 6 July 2015

Toronto Fringe review: Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl

By Darren Stewart-Jones

Rebecca Perry might just be one of the most likeable performers I have ever seen on a stage. There is something so charming and sincere about her that I felt myself unconciously leaning forward in my seat throughout her performance, trying to get just that little bit closer.
Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl is a sort-of-sequel to last year’s Toronto Fringe hit, Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl, although you need not have seen the latter to enjoy the former. I missed out on Perry’s show last year. I was probably one of the few who did. I’m absolutely thrilled that I had the chance to fit her new show into my Fringe schedule this year. It’s one of my favourites so far!

Adventures takes Joanie Little (the coffeeshop girl) to Africa, where she has taken an internship to work alongside Jane Goodall in the study of chimpanzees. Along the way, we meet several interesting characters, all voiced by Perry in this one-woman show, and are treated to a lovely, humorous story of Joanie’s experiences in the jungle.

Perry managed to weave several songs into her script which allows the audience an opportunity to be serenaded by her beautiful voice. Perry’s duo of musicians, on keyboards and percussion, accompany her throughout the performance and are the perfect choice for this intimate, solo piece.

After Sunday's sold-out performance, I left the theatre basking in the glow of light that is Rebecca Perry. I highly recommend this show.
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