Shows like …didn’t see that coming are a staple of the Fringe, a freewheeling hour of stories strung together by an actor who thinks their life is somehow more compelling than the rest of us. Or perhaps it is their belief that they can tell those stories better. Either way, you better have something exciting to say.
While Beverley Elliott is a decent storyteller and a decent singer, her solo show (if you don’t count her musical accompaniment) never really goes anywhere. She’s funny and engaging, but the real question is, if not for name recognition and notoriety from her role on Once Upon a Time, would another actor receive such a warm reception at both the top and a standing ovation at the end?
My theatre partner ate it up. I nearly fell asleep. But we both agreed on one thing on, why did Granny have no tales from Storeybrooke?
…didn’t see that coming written and performed by Beverley Elliott. Directed by Kerry Sandomirsky. Playing at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright St, Granville Island) as part of the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and showtimes.