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The Brick



In this musical solo show, a man goes to the seaside to try to make amends with the spirit of his dead mother. Performer Bill Berry takes us through his troubled childhood, his tumultuous relationship with his mother, and even sings a song about a time he used insecticide to rid himself of pubic lice. Although Berry is an energetic performer, his script tends to meander and lose its narrative centre. The show’s conceit of Berry conversing with his absent mother is serviceable, but becomes more and more strained as the show goes on. Behind the fingerpicking, The Brick never quite hits the comedic or emotional notes it reaches toward. - Connor Meeker


Gig City


Total Score
3/ 5

Reader Rating
13 total ratings



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  • 12:00 am - 2018/08/17
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Posted 2018/08/17 by



6 Reviews


    The Brick takes you on an emotionally fulfilling journey with Berry as he traces through the highs and lows of life. Growing up with a mother who had to survive WWII in Germany, Berry seeks to let go of the pain to open a new chapter in his life … fatherhood. It is a beautiful and funny story. It made me laugh and cry!


    While the beginning few minutes are a tad slow, the rest of the show is definitely worth seeing! I haven’t laughed that hard in a while. Certainly an Edmonton Fringe must see!

    Will M.

    Bill Berry is a triple threat: he can sing, play, and tell a hell of a story. I loved it!

    Veronica M.

    “The Brick” is entertaining, heartfelt, and funny. I love the song “Two Crows.” It is musical poetry and poignant metaphor. The other songs are great too. So good, I bought a CD!

    Hank Binnema

    I loved this. Exceptionally well done! Journey of a man’s relationship with his dead mother. Twists and turns, funny and poignant, and a good songwriter.


    Thanks to Edmonton Journal:

    “Bill Berry is a delight on the guitar. His songs are a mix of campy fun and folksy tunes; a troubadour for the blue-collar worker.”

    “The Brick is ultimately a story of hope and redemption, about how death doesn’t have to be the end of our memory of a family member or loved one. For that, I commend it’s beauty.”

    – Justin Bell

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