ST. JOHN’S, N.L. —
The Useful resource Centre for the Arts’ Stay Journal returned Nov. 30, the second digital set up of the frequently occurring, multi-curated, multi-disciplinary occasion held in 2020.
On the helm of this explicit Stay Journal was actress, comic and author Monica Walsh of Kanatu Theatre and The Mon Present.
Having beforehand reviewed The Mon Present for Valentine’s in 2018, I used to be considerably acquainted with Walsh’s model of comedy, typically centered on ladies’s points and plights, and all issues Newfoundland.
On this night, Walsh was accompanied by author, road performer and clown Vanessa Cardoso Whelan, veteran actor and author Andy Jones of CODCO fame, and Mother’s Ladies sketch comedy queen Alison Kelly.
Pre-recorded on the LSPU Corridor on Nov, 28, the socially distanced “cohorts” carried out a collection of brief skits, beginning with stage instructions to set the scene.
Walsh and Jones kicked off the night with a chunk that includes two divorcees at a bar, ordering advanced drinks and annoying waiters. Even at their most “Karen” and “Kevin,” each imagine they’re low upkeep individuals.
Subsequent up was Walsh’s skit about utilizing the courting app Tinder on her laptop computer, as a result of her flip-phone isn’t capable of deal with the brand new know-how. In interested by how we current ourselves to strangers, Walsh spoke of her confusion and admiration for Walsh spoke of each her confusion and admiration for a Tinder consumer with a very sexually specific profile identify, musing about what individuals may be taught from this easy strategy.
One other piece featured Kelly and Walsh denigrating individuals’s definition of “important gadgets” throughout a state of emergency, just for the pair to go off the rails upon realizing they’re out of purple wine.
Cardoso Whelan reprised a 2018 Mon Present skit a couple of head damage obtained in a mosh pit. She felt concern for the opposite particular person concerned, and the contemporary Black Horse beer somebody had simply purchased her – “it might be a waste if I didn’t drink it,” regardless of the concussion, she figured.
Two skits that includes Walsh’s fiction roommate Spock – sure, the Vulcan of Star Trek fame – impressed laughter by musing on Spock lamenting Walsh’s abuse of her RRSPs, and looking for a screech-in. As a substitute, Spock acquired a “screech-out” – while you yell about your issues, get espresso, then go to the Village Mall to search for gross sales.
One other re-work from 2018 advised the ridiculous story of a lady opting to hitch a Males’s Rights Activists assembly, quickly taking up the group and criticizing the dearth of meals, atrocious bogs, and the venue as an entire.
My favorite efficiency of the night time got here from Jones, enjoying Walsh in a chunk about Walsh’s ongoing saga with Newfoundland Energy – “a recreation of forwards and backwards that’s titillating by some means.”
A “persistent lover” frequently sending letters and at all times looking for commitments (of the monetary form), Walsh notes the similarities and variations between her personal love life. Lastly, she is the disinterested man, and Newfoundland Energy is the one lusting for her consideration.
The present completed off with a 25-minute lengthy dialogue about parts of sketch comedy and theatre – the place they intersect, how they differ, and so forth.
Within the informal chat, the group spoke of taking up new identities, growing characters, telling tales, motion, viewers engagement and extra.
Alhough it’s exhausting to gauge viewers reception nearly, Walsh, Jones, Kelly and Cardoso Whelan deserved a standing ovation.