Physical theatre, comedy, an old woman, and space. What’s not to like about this wacky combination? What promised to be a hilarious time in Interstellar Elder started out strong and ended up derailing into an ending that felt unedited.
The show begins with an overhead voice announcing that we should “excrete all bodily fluids”. We are introduced to the universe Ingrid Hansen has created, where the Earth has become uninhabitable (for reasons I will not disclose here). As a result, humans, and by extension the audience, have been cryogenically frozen.
Interstellar Elder is imaginative, funny and physical. Hansen’s specificity, particularly in the first half of the show, keeps the audience laughing. Extra points must be given for her costume, and beautiful transformation into an old woman.
The title of the show is misleading though, as while Hansen takes on the physicality of an old woman, it is only sustained for a short period.
While the show has comedy at its core, what resonates most are the simple moments of connection where Kitt’s loneliness comes to the forefront.
Interstellar Elder plays the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island until September 17 as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.