David Lee Morgan is obviously not afraid of a challenge. Not only does he attempt to tackle science fiction on stage in The Other Side of the Flood, he does so through what he describes as “spoken word musical theatre”.
Unfortunately, the end result is largely incoherent.
If it were not for some advance knowledge of the show’s “plot” it would be easy to get lost in this bleak and convoluted story about a computer who achieves consciousness. But even with then it was tough to reconcile the written description and what is presented on stage. It doesn’t help that Morgan cannot sing and his movement is stiff and self-conscious.
One has to admire Morgan’s chutzpah in preforming a show like this at the Fringe though. Required to speak/sing through the entire story to a recorded musical track (which became repetitive very quickly), and other voices, it cannot be an easy task.
But to borrow from another piece of science fiction: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
The Other Side of the Flood continues at the False Creek Gym on Granville Island as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Visit vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.