Six Fine Lines

Six Fine Lines is a rare one-person show that transcends this crowded genre at the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Adapting the lyric essay to suit his needs, in Six Fine Lines writer and performer Mack Gordon reflects on a break-up. It is obvious this break-up is very personal and at times you get the feeling it is difficult for him to talk about it.

Gordon is unpretentious in his delivery, except when he steps outside his own head to have a little fun with the audience with quick rounds of The Newlywed Game and Family Feud.

Gordon makes for an amiable game show host, managing to hold his own against the pitfalls of audience involvement, as the success of these elements are largely in the hands of the participants. Those who volunteered for Family Feud were largely made-up of theatre-types which helped immensely.

I do admit to feeling somewhat detached in the first 45 minutes. While I savoured Gordon’s words and the variety of storytelling, it wasn’t until the last 15 minutes where things really resonated.

Reflecting on everything that had come before, I was able to finally appreciate the depth of Gordon’s story. Something I usually do after the curtain falls, it is a testament to the gradual build Gordon has created. It was an exquisite feeling, filling my heart with love and my eyes with tears.

4 1/2 of 5 Stars

Six Fine Lines continues at Carousel Theatre (1411 Cartwright St, Granville Island) until September 17 as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Visit for tickets and information.