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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Review: blink blink blink (Fringe 2011)

Reviewed by Émilie Charlebois

I was already a fan of Kirsten Rasmussen after having seen her at last year’s Fringe festival in You & Me and Me & You and I am now contemplating following her so I can gather things she’s touched and build a shrine to her awesomeness in my bedroom. blink blink blink is (to borrow a line from the show) “Fucking Fantastic” (the adjective may have been amazing, I apologize if that is the case). And I don’t think I am the only one to think so. Every seat in the Freestanding Room was taken (there is an obvious pun to make here, but I shall resist) and the entire audience was in stitches. Laughter is meant to be shared and Rasmussen is a giver! Not a single piece of comedic material went without genuine giggles, guffaws or snorts. Rasmussen’s timing is unreal as she seamlessly allternates between characters (some of them adorable bunnies) and parallel storylines at an incredible pace, without ever missing a beat. As self-help guru Sara Tonin Rasmussen engages with her audience and reveals her character’s inner demons without getting too heavy or suddenly corrupting the play’s comedic value, by “getting real”. Sara Tonin’s darker moments were totally in keeping with her personality and rather than bum me out, they made me care about her. blink blink blink is smart, original, hilarious and touching. Kirsten Rasmussen’s star power is mind-blowing.


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