Shows about online dating seem to have permeated the Fringe Festival circuit, but for a different take don’t miss Lou Campbell’s one-person show Tourist.
Using simple costume changes and Snapchat filters, Lou takes the audience through a variety of Tinder profiles that may or may not be based on their past selves.
From self-help guru Mr. Radler to Sigh Williams and his veggie yoga mantra to “sit in silence with your produce”, Lou slips easily from character to character.
I particularly enjoyed Depressive Demon Nightmare Boy (“It’s a burden to feel so much. I’m such a Virgo.”) and I am positive I have dated Manic Pixie Dream Girl who plays the ukulele and proudly proclaims “If you can’t handle me at my worst you don’t deserve me at my best.”
Alternately hilarious and curious (if you have never seen snail sex up close, you will by the end of the performance) the only real thing lacking from the script is a solid ending. While I think I know what Lou was going for I would have appreciated a bit more clarity in the last few minutes of the piece.
As far as one person shows go you couldn’t ask for a more charming performer which makes Tourist’s 40-minute run time fly by.
Tourist continues at the Neptune Imperial Theatre (1593 Argyle St, Halifax) as part of the Halifax Fringe Festival. Visit halifaxfringe.ca for tickets and information.