I can assure you I am not writing this review from the great beyond after having seen The Audience Dies at the End. But then, the Vancouver Fringe Festival taught me a valuable lesson long ago: you can’t always take a show’s title at face value.
But that is a big part of the fun in Blair Moro’s solo piece. How does he deal with such an audacious title? And just for the record, it has nothing to do with the stifling heat of the Arts Umbrella venue.
I’m not about to give things away, but I do admit it took me a while after seeing The Audience Dies at the End to finally clue into what really happened.
An engaging storyteller, Moro takes us on a devilishly inspired trip through Asia. With stops in numerous countries, he relates humourous stories along the way.
Moro’s occasional self-awareness adds a secondary dimension to his story, but my political correctness bristled at the use of accents.
The Audience Dies at the End continues at Arts Umbrella (1286 Cartwright St, Granville Island) until September 16 as part of the Vancouver International Fringe Festival. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.