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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Review: Canuck Cabaret (Fringe 2011)

Reviewed by Valerie Cardinal

With Canuck Cabaret, Paul Hutcheson and Sharon Nowlan set out to tell Canada just how damn sexy it is and have a lot of fun doing it. The variety show puts the emphasis on the wonderful performers we have in Canada and the things they can do. And it features special guests from other Fringe shows!

I’ve been in love with Paul Hutcheson since his guest story at last Wednesday’s Smut Slam and he doesn’t disappointed here. The charming host presents some truly amusing and sometimes touching stand-up about growing up gay in small town Southern Ontario and his discovery of the lifestyle in Toronto. The variety acts are also broken up by Nowlan (aka Prairie Fire) performing various sexy interludes with a whip, fans and more.

This is a tough one to grade because it comes in two formats. If the show is earlier in the day, performances by Hutcheson and Prairie Fire are completely different. Also, the show depends heavily on the quality of its guests. On its opening night, the guests were Bremner Duthrie from ’33 (a kabarett), Jem Rolls and Slut (R)evolution’s Cameryn Moore.

Canuck Cabaret is a light, Fringe-tastic interlude featuring comedy, sexiness and lip-syncing. As an added bonus, it motivates audience members to check out more shows by letting its guests showcase themselves and what they can do.

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