Let’s be clear that this is not a MICF show for kids despite the aforementioned adorable canine references. This fast paced show went from sketch to stand-up and then back around to something completely different and unexpected. It covers some serious issues but in a fun way that did not delve into ranting or anger, rather it relishes in the ridiculousness of it all.
Grabbing the audience’s attention early, Claire had superb energy throughout the performance that was at times entrancing! Her charming smile and giggle are infectious, and if you go along with her enthusiasm (as I did), you will have fun. Even in moments where a line was not delivered perfectly, Claire did not let the minor hiccups faze her or disrupt the flow of the show.
While some of the absurdist humour was quite odd, Claire moved quickly between the segments of the show ensuring the audience did not have time to overthink it. The show flew by and did not feel like 50 minutes (I mean this in a positive way)! Claire also used the space of the venue really well. The Belleville could be odd space to perform comedy but Claire made it her own, incorporating all aspects of it into her performance.
This show might not be everyone’s cup of tea as one fellow struggled to laugh amongst a boisterous crowd. That said, if you like the absurd, ‘doggos’ and are prepared to go along with it, you will have a great time!
You can see Claire Sullivan in ‘I Wish I Owned A Hotel For Dogs’ from 29 March to 8 April 2017 [no Sunday]. For more information and to book tickets, click here!
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