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A Canadian Bartender at Butlin’s



TJ Dawe has a lot to say about the service industry and being a bartender in a small amount of time.  He is enthusiastic in his delivery, reminiscing on days long past working in a holiday camp, with all its peril and drink, but the story goes nowhere fast.  Story tropes are repeated ad nauseam, and when a certain 'fire' alarm rang for what had to be the fourth time, I found myself looking for a drink, my ears ringing.  Dawe’s story bounces around so often, and his faux British accent is often spoken so fast it's hard to differentiate and stifles what is being said—though most of the conversations and punchlines barrel down to “Oh, you’re Canadian you say?  Har-de-har.”  That’s not to say the play is bad, just a little repetitive and underwhelming.  This play has been around for quite a few years, and has gained a fair bit of attention. It plays like a stand-up comedy set—some jokes work, some flounder.  —Levi Gogerla




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