As playwright and performer Natalie Collins says in her program notes, we all know a Graceless Grace. She is the person growing up who has become so blinded by encouragement from family and friends, the realization they have not talent comes far too late.

So convinced she is going to be a professional dancer, Grace auditions for everything. As her rejections mount and her options dwindle, she finally realizes her dreams of dancing are not going to happen and the praise she has received in the past was far from the truth.

Graceless Grace is funny in its first few moments as Grace auditions for the fictional Canada’s Next Dance Star. And while Collins is fearless in her portrayal of the delusional and inept dancer, like an SNL skit that doesn’t know when to end, it wears thin very, very quickly.

The musical choices in the show were wonderful.

1 Star Out of 5

Graceless Grace continues at the Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright St, Granville Island) until September 17 as part of the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Visit for tickets and information.