LARRY
Written and Performed by Candice Roberts
Candy Bones - Vancouver, BC
 http://candy-bones.com
V.2 - MTC Up the Alley 
It's your ol' pal Larry, from Moose Creek, BC! He's “no idiom”, and he'll be the first to tell you that he's handier than a pocket on the back of a shirt. He wants to prove that he's worthy of a good woman, that he can quit 'cussin and even take up "medertation". Bold, smart and f@#king funny, LARRY's internal trip turns out to be more terrifying than he ever thought was possible. "A unique, world class, moving piece of theatre, comedy, and dance.” – Annette Loiselle, Artistic Director SkirtsAfire Festival, Edmonton

Cast:
Candice Roberts

    
Show Info:
60 Mins
Tickets: $12
$10 Matinees

Genre:
Play-Comedy

Audience:
Mature

Warnings: Coarse Language, Nudity, Strobe Lights

Thu July 18 12:00 PM*
*(2 for $12)
Sat July 20 10:45 PM
Sun July 21 7:45 PM
Mon July 22 1:45 PM
Tue July 23 3:30 PM
Thu July 25 5:00 PM
Sat July 27 5:15 PM
Sun July 28 7:00 PM

LARRY

Candy Bones—

I’m generally not a fan of performers pre-show kibitzing with the audience as I feel it often makes the audience uncomfortable. But perhaps with Larry, that was the point. Because there was plenty to create a sense of unease in this mainly goofy comedy, like catching yourself laughing at the character’s political incorrectness. With a less talented performer and a less bold, relentless performance, it would not have worked. But it does work. I especially enjoyed it since, growing up in a small town like the actor did, I knew my share of Larry’s too.

Audra Lesosky


LARRY

Candy Bones—MTC Up the Alley

The music’s good. The dancing’s good. I haven’t banged my head since high school—that was good.

I’m very sorry that’s all the good I have to say about this show. There is so much potential here that was left untapped and this easily could have been a powerful, thoughtful and moral exploration, but as is, it’s just a story, and not a very good one.

In a previous life, I was a labourer in a blue collar atmosphere, very much like the character’s disposition: crude, crass, uneducated, sexist and egotistical. Since my journey through university and
my foray into Women’s Studies, I became a feminist, a decade before Trudeau showed the world that feminist men exist.

As a feminist, I think there is so much that this story could have taught, so many lessons to impart. Sadly, it falls so short. Towards the end, we believe that Larry’s terrifying discovery and ensuing breakdown finally enlightens him into seeing what kind of person he is—but his awakening reverts him back to his previous self, no wiser and no better. There needs to be a moral lesson here; there needs to be growth.

Some deeper research would have made this show stronger as well. Yes, labourers and tradespeople can often be foul-mouthed, but Actor Roberts did not reflect their employment of profanity and excessive crudeness. It doesn’t sound authentic, neither does the bumpkin accent.

This show is a good start to something that could be great. I hope that Roberts reengages this effort and transforms it to the potentials it could reach.

Ray Yuen

Editor’s Note: I was a patron of Candice’s Saturday night show and after the show ended Candice talked with the audience (largely composed of other Fringe Performers) about the show and its ending. She took a quick poll about the ending and pretty much everyone there agreed that Larry should remain mostly as he was, as that would be the most likely way that the character would end up. She also mentioned she had done a few performances where he did become more enlightened when she was workshopping it, but that those did not seem to work as well. Lastly, that Larry was based on over 25 years of interactions with those types of men.

Murray Hunter