Jessica Gabriel in Multiple Organism. Photo by Chloe Ziner.
Jessica Gabriel in Multiple Organism. Photo by Chloe Ziner.

I have a confession to make. I’ve used a very similar title to describe the work of Mind of a Snail before.

Like the company’s show at last year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival, the inventiveness and skill on display in Multiple Organism is at times astounding. What Jessica Gabriel and Chloé Ziner manage to do with a couple of overhead projectors, some transparencies, video, and a half-naked body is just short of magical.

Its story though gets quite literally bogged down in toilet humour, and a sometimes juvenile exploration of gender. Its multiple endings are as irritating as the mosquito that gets its due in one of the funniest moments in the show.

Towards the end of Multiple Organism the duo ask the question on everyone’s mind: “what does it all mean?”.  I’m still trying to find the answer.

Full marks for the visual creativity on display. I only wish its story was just as captivating.

3 Out of 5 Stars

Multiple Organism continues at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 E Cordova St, Vancouver) until September 17 as part of the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Visit for tickets and information.