Al Lafrance: I Think I'm Dead. Photo by Sophie Croteau.
Al Lafrance: I Think I'm Dead. Photo by Sophie Croteau.

One can’t help but wonder how many energy drinks Al Lafrance downed just before going on stage for his one-man show, Al Lafrance: I Think I’m Dead.

Talking at a breakneck pace, Lafrance relates stories of his insomnia, an incident at a trampoline, and a destination wedding in Cuba during a hurricane. It is all pretty tame stuff. And while Lafrance is a decent storyteller, it really doesn’t amount to much. That is until final third when things get really interesting.

Opening up about the mental health issues he has faced his entire life, Lafrance exposes an emotional vulnerability that was rarely seen in the first 40 minutes. And the payoff is huge. It is a shame it just takes so long to get there.

Al Lafrance: I Think I’m Dead continues at Arts Umbrella on Granville Island as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Visit vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.