Fringe 2017 – – The CANADA SHOW: The Complete History of Canada in One Hour– Review by GRAHAM HICKS 2.5 of 5 stars

Monster Theatre

Venue 2, Backstage Theatre, 10330 84 Avenue 

Fri. Aug. 18 – 7:45 p.m.
Sun. Aug. 20 – noon
Mon. Aug. 21 – 3:30 p.m.
Tues. Aug. 22 – 5:45 p.m.
Wed. Aug. 23 – 2 p.m.
Fri. Aug. 25 – 5:15 p.m.

2.5 of 5 stars

Several Fringe years ago, I saw a really good show that had much the same title and theme – i.e. the history of Canada told in one hour.

It was terrific.  This one pales in comparison. 

Lots of enthusiasm, not much meat. And no deep understanding of Canadian history from which to draw genuine satire and comedy. In fact this one is quite trite and shallow. Making fun of the War Measures Act? 

I didn’t laugh at any of the jokes.

But the Backstage Theatre was filled – and about half the audience seemed to greatly enjoy the show, while the other half sat on their hands, politely clapped at the end and made for the doors.