Fifty Shades of Dave

I am a terrible Canadian. Not only am I unable to recognize one Sedin from the other, I had no idea who Stuart McLean was before booking Fifty Shades of Dave.

Originally thinking McLean was the host of a CBC music program, some quick research revealed I couldn’t have been more wrong. One could be forgiven in that mistake though I suppose, as McLean’s show was called The Vinyl Cafe after all.

While my lack of knowledge of McLean, and his characters Dave and Morley, didn’t entirely impact my enjoyment of Fifty Shades of Dave, it was evident those familiar with the source material were a bigger part of this inside joke.

Performer Nico Dicecco (who also wrote the show with Kyle Carpenter), is a consummate storyteller. Never feeling forced, every word and gesture had a purpose in telling the sometimes ridiculously funny, and bawdy, stories. After watching McLean on Youtube I also have a better appreciation for Dicecco’s impersonation.

Understated, with a wink of reverence, Fifty Shades of Dave was a delightful end to another full day at the Fringe.

My only complaint is I will never be able to look at ice-cream the same way ever again.

4 Out of 5 Stars

Fifty Shades of Dave continues at Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwright St, Granville Island) until September 17 as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.