As part of Hamilton Fringe 2021
Review by Guest Columnijst Aaron Kropf, Associate Canadian Theatre Critic - www.onstageblog.com
A Show With So Much Potential
It’s a Beautiful Day for Brunch and to Arrest the Cops that Killed Breonna Taylor struggled to make a point, or achieve its' desired outcome. The show, which is part of the 2021 Hamilton Fringe Festival, was a digital exclusive and I don’t think this could have been present in any other form. This provided opportunity for creativity in the presentation.
As with many new productions, I avoided reading the production notes until after the performance because I believe that it’s important for the production to speak for itself.
This is where It’s a Beautiful Day for Brunch and to Arrest the Cops that Killed Breonna Taylor struggled the most.
During the 35 minute show I couldn’t tell if the production was a comedy, being serious, or something else all together. It wasn’t until I took a look at the show notes that it was revealed the show was a “cringe comedy”. They certainly hit moments of cringe throughout, but missed out on anything else.
What gives It’s a Beautiful Day... the potential to be a great show, is that it takes news stories, and social media posts and presents them exactly as they were written (the performers/creators). The way the creators/performers Roselyne Dougé-Charles, Carly Anna Billings, Liz Whitbread, and Patrick Teed presented each segment could have provided some wonderful social commentary, humour, and stinging cringe moments had they made it obvious from their execution of the material that this was meant to be a cringe comedy. It lacked clarity throughout the production. Had the performances been over the top from the beginning, it would have been more clear that that is what the creator/performers were striving to achieve.
As a result the production missed the mark in making its' point. It wasn’t clear what the artists wanted the audience to take away form their show. I believe that so many of us have experienced too many posts that are cringe worthy over the last year and half that the punch and shock the show was striving for was lost.
I wanted to feel something from the show, and waited right until the end to for It’s a Beautiful Day... to make a point; unfortunately, neither came to fruition.
It’s a Beautiful Day for Brunch and to Arrest the Cops that Killed Breonna Taylor is part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival, which runs until July 25, 2021.
For more information, please visit www.hamiltonfringe.com.
Photo taken from Afterlife Theatre Facebook page.
'It's a Beautiful Day for Brunch and to Arrest the Cops that Killed Breonna Taylor' written and performed by Roselyne Dougé-Charles, Carly Anna Billings, Liz Whitbread and Patrick Teed
Directed and Produced by Carly Anna Billings and Patrick Teed
An Afterlife Theatre Production