The Truth! ™

THE TRUTH – Winnipeg Free Press Review

The Output at Video Pool Media Arts Centre (Venue 9) to July 24

The Truth will set you free. But it can also make life worse and messier. At least according to Toronto’s Adam Bailey. Take, for example, the time a friend’s girlfriend told Bailey that Coldplay’s Yellow was her favourite love song. The performer was all too eager to tell her that it was actually about death and a funeral. Years later, they bumped into one another, and the woman was still mad at Bailey for ruining her favourite song; he’d long since forgotten the initial interaction.

Bailey’s a talented storyteller whose personality bubbles but never boils over. A self-described “former gifted student,” he delves into myriad topics — philosophy, LGBTTQ+ history, religion, anthropology, biology, addiction — as he comedically wrestles with what it means to be honest and true to thine own self.

His central thesis isn’t new, but it is meaningful, especially in what some refer to as a “post-truth” era: Facts don’t move people. Stories do. What a pleasure to listen to someone equally adept in sharing both. 4/5

— Ben Waldman

The Jenny Revue

The Truth ™

Still Your Friend—The Output at Video Pool Media Arts Centre

With humour and flair Adam Bailey draws upon personal anecdotes and historical references to get to The Truth.

Does the truth set us free? Should we correct someone when their truth is less than accurate? When does the truth matter and when is it unwarranted? Adam has a gift for words and weaving thought provoking tales. If you’ve ever said or received a “well, actually…” then this show is for you. Entertaining and recommended.

UMFM Review – Justin Olynyk

In our frac­tured soci­ety, Adam Bai­ley explores what is the truth and does telling the truth mat­ter any more? He explores how the truth has been obscured, some­times even for good pur­pos­es. Using exam­ples from his­to­ry and his own life, com­bined with phi­los­o­phy and soci­ol­o­gy, Bai­ley presents a com­pelling look into the truth. An inter­est­ing sto­ry told with ener­gy makes for a won­der­ful Fringe show that I rec­om­mend you see.