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Woody

 

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Still seemingly caught between puppet and flesh, this grownup "Pinocchio" sequel interrogates the difference between a 'real boy' and a human.  From the start, Neil James’ one-man performance doesn’t conform to what you might expect from a Disney sequel. Pinocchio lights a cigarette and cusses as he trips before the lights even come up. James blatantly shifts between the 'real' Pinocchio—the cigarette smoking, embattled man searching for purpose and humanity—and an alternate teen persona who begrudgingly follows the directions of a disembodied narrator as he discovers puberty, porn, and the fact that his 'dick' now grows whenever he tells a lie. The goofy disconnect of an innocent boy—still wooden at heart—stumbling his way through sex and tragedy charms several awkward scenarios into fun gags. However, "Woody"’s early jokes belie surprisingly painful beats filled with more philosophical grit than you can shake a wooden appendage at. —Kevin Pennyfeather
EdmontonFringe.ca
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 


 
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4/ 5


Reader Rating
16 total ratings

 

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  • 10:30 pm - 2018/08/17
  • 7:00 pm - 2018/08/18
  • 2:30 pm - 2018/08/19
  • 1:15 pm - 2018/08/20
  • 3:15 pm - 2018/08/21
  • 4:45 pm - 2018/08/22
  • 4:45 pm - 2018/08/23
  • 9:30 pm - 2018/08/24
  • 12:15 pm - 2018/08/25



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Posted 2018/08/18 by


EdmontonFringe.ca

 


One Review


  1.  
    Craig

    I just saw Woody last night. It was very good and I thought Neil James did an excellent job. I went to it not really knowing anything other than it was about Pinocchio after he became a real boy. And I knew it wasn’t for kids, which is isn’t. It had quite a few very funny parts, but also carried a serious and dark (at times) feel to it. Not to say that was a bad thing, just not what I expected. Overall, it makes you think, laugh and take a whole new look at the story of Pinocchio. I also really enjoyed it as it showed me another side of acting that my brother is capable of. Great job youngest brother! I hope you have a successful run and fill the house!

    Note: Even though he’s my brother I did my best to review it objectively and unbiased. Others in the audience seemed to genuinely enjoy the show as well. There was some good laughter from the crowd during the funny parts and I heard many people congratulate Neil after the show.





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