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Monday, June 13, 2011
Review: Jess Salomon - Doing Good (Fringe 2011)
This is a show I was really looking forward to seeing just because Ms. Salomon's back story is so interesting. She was a lawyer at the War Crimes Bureau in the Hague before she decided to change direction and become a stand-up comedian and storyteller. The show opens with a short audio-visual montage of her obviously much loved grandmother and then Ms. Salomon comes on stage and starts telling stories. She describes her time as a prosecutor at the World Court and trying, in her own words, to do good after the worst has happened. She observed Slobodan Milosevic, the mass murderer who introduced the vile words "ethnic cleansing'' into our language and how he used obfuscation, delay and denial to drag out his trial. She moves on to tell more stories of her colourful past and her present state of mind in a manner that is conversational, easy and quite amusing at times. I was not disappointed and I can see her getting even better with time.