From the company that brought you The Assassination of Robert Ford and one of the creators responsible for The Enchanted Crackhouse comes a love advice show… featuring a giant singing baby!?!
Adult Baby Cupid was first performed at The Lunacy Cabaret in Toronto, where he gleefully announced that he wants you to fall in love, so you can have sex, so you can have a baby… like him!
The 2000 year old god might just have one or two antiquated notions about love, but that hasn’t stopped audiences from loving him! He has made several return visits to Lunacy, falling in love with a goat (who was not named Silvia) and helping multiple women go into labour. He has regularly hosted the Red Nose District at the Toronto Festival of Clowns. And now he makes his first appearance in a Fringe Festival Production, in Toronto and Hamilton!
Joined by Kristin Mueller-Heaslip, one of the creators of The Enchanted Crackhouse and an Eckhardt-Grammate winning singer, they try their best to give advice to your most pressing questions about love and relationships in 2018.
The ABCs of Love with Adult baby Cupid may not be the comedy you asked for, but it is certainly the comedy you deserve.
For Tickets in Toronto Click Here.
For Hamilton Click Here.
Photos below are usable with credit given to Paul FeeGunn.
On paper, The Life Henri is little more than an art history lecture. In reality, The Life Henri is an incredibly entertaining, inventive and hilarious art history lecture. If only all art professors had that much energy.
With little more than a laptop and projector, Adam Bailey tells the story of French painter Henri Rousseau, capably weaving in stories of his own upbringing and scenes from Stephen King’s Carrie. It doesn’t sound like it will work, but thanks to Bailey’s knack for storytelling you hang on his every word.
Rousseau is now considered a master, but was ridiculed by critics and the art community in his own time. He was also hopelessly unaware he was the butt of everyone’s jokes. Through his performance, it’s clear Bailey cares deeply about the man and he wants the audience to as well, regularly referring to the painter as “our Henri.” Bailey shares Rousseau’s life in a way that is so tender but so honest, it’s easy to connect to the painter.
Bailey’s not telling his own story, and yet he is. The Life Henri showcases parallels between the French art world and Canada Fringe Theatre circuit. He’s also telling the story of creative people the world over in ways that make you consider the value of art and doing what makes you happy.
If passionate and polished storytelling is your thing, The Life Henri is a tale worth hearing.
Award Winning Solo Project About the Famous Painter Henri Rousseau Hits Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Edmonton.
The Life Henri has now won two Outstanding Awards, for New Play and for Production (Now Magazine) and collected Four Star reviews from Toronto, Saskatoon and Edmonton and was one of UMFM Radio’s Favourites at The Winnipeg Fringe. The play combines the life of painter Henri Rousseau with a retelling of Stephen King’s Carrie. “It doesn’t sound like it will work, but thanks to Bailey’s knack for storytelling you hang on his every word”. (Saskatoon Star Phoenix)
You’ll laugh, cringe and maybe even cry when you see The Life Henri.
Adam Bailey, who introduced himself to Edmonton last Summer with the Award Winning Adam Bailey is On Fire, returns with the world premier of his new play Henri. Which takes on the life of infamous untrained artist Henri Rousseau, blending it with a classic horror story and sprinkling it with Adam’s whimsical humour and unique observations.
“Adam Bailey has cleverly taken a lesser-known tale and turned it into a tight show with passion, wit, and challenging ideals”. – The Charlebois Post on The Assassination of Robert Ford: Dirty Little Coward (Winner: Best of Fringe Toronto 2014)
“Bailey is a quick-witted and flexible storyteller…Inventive and Honest” – The VUE on Adam Bailey is On Fire (Winner: Patron’s Pick Toronto 2016)
Tickets for Henri are on sale NOW at fringetheatre.ca
Tonight I had the pleasure of seeing Adam Bailey is On Fire on the first night of Toronto Fringe Festival 2016.
Adam Bailey, the title character, is the gay son of an evangelical Christian minister. The show is about his life experiences framed by these often discordant circumstances.
This one-man show cleverly toggled between reflective monologuesand re-enactments of significant conversations and events in Adam’s life. He also included hilarious audience participation bits, as in the beginning, when the sizeable crowd got a good laugh out of his re-telling of communion at his dad’s church. To partake of the communal wine, the audience (congregation) all drank out of the same red party-sized disposable cup that you find at the dollar store when you are throwing a house party. Needless to say, the audience stopped drinking the wine (which was actually grape juice) after the first row had had a sip.
From early questions about whether homosexuality was a sin (according to the church), to his college experiences, first dates -including an uproarious tale of a surprise visit to a bathhouse – and beyond, Mr. Bailey used lots of humour to illustrate the strange mixture of a traditional religious upbringing and non-traditional lifestyle that he has had to navigate.
Who knew that a dyke was a woman who wears comfortable shoes (according to a very young Adam)? Or that trying to convince others that homosexuality is NOT a sin (according to the Bible) is called “The World’s Worst Game Show?” Every time you explain a point – for example, King James translated the word homosexual wrong, so what he REALLY meant was something completely different, so therefore the earliest English translation of the Bible in existence (the Old King James Version) is actually NOT saying homosexuality is a sin? The very loud and annoying buzzer sounds because you have given the WRONG answer. Again. No explanation can change people’s deep-rooted religious beliefs, says Adam. And that’s why it’s the Worst Game Show Ever. Oh, and prizes include Excommunication and the ever-popular Burning in Hell.
I don’t want to give away the audience participation element at the very end, but let me just say that it made the show completely unforgettable (as if it wasn’t memorable enough already).
In short, it’s a coming-of-age story for the modern world with tons of heart and humour. As I overheard a fellow audience member say afterwards, “I cried a little and I laughed a lot.”
- Adam Bailey is On Fire plays at the St. Vladimir Institute. (620 Spadina Ave)
- Tickets are $12 at the door and in advance, and can be boughtonline, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Honest Ed’s Alley, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
- Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
- Content Warnings: Mature Language, Sexual Content.
- This venue is wheelchair-accessible.
- Wednesday June 29th, 08:45 pm
- Friday July 1st, 05:00 pm
- Saturday July 2nd, 01:45 pm
- Monday July 4th, 10:45 pm
- Tuesday July 5th, 02:45 pm
- Thursday July 7th, 08:00 pm
- Saturday July 9th, 11:00 pm
Edmonton SunThe VUE, Edmonton
It’s the heartfelt and hilarious true story of the gay son of an Evangelical Minister.
We’ve taken on Winnipeg and Edmonton, and now we’re coming home with the show that’s “flies by like a church service on speed” (CBC), and has been called “inventive and honest” (The VUE).
Tickets on Sale!
June 29th at 8:45 PM
July 1st at 5:00 PM
July 2nd at 1:45 PM
July 4th at 10:45 PM
July 5th at 2:45 PM
July 7th at 8:00 PM
July 9th at 11:00 PM
Show length: 60min.