Realwheels Theatre
Comedy on Wheels

Dates and Venue May 18 – 20, 2017, 8pm | Performance Works (Granville Island); 1218 Cartwright Str.

Reviewer Karen Fitzgibbon

The theatre is cozy and we settle in for a truly unique and entertaining evening of laughs. Four talented musicians entertain us before and during the show begins:. Kurt von Hahn – keyboard, Joel Reid – saxophone, Dave Symington – drums, and Dave Symington – guitar.

The physically challenged cast address the sometimes different or even weird perception that other people sometimes have towards their challenges in everyday life.

When a blind, Amy Amantea is told how to survive the snow in Vancouver by several Vancouverites she decides to take their comments literally and dons all the apparel at one time. Of course her resulting look is hilarious. There she stands with layers of clothes, goggles and a helmet.

Getting transportation with Handidart proves futile since the operator is not repeating the destination properly for the fellow in the wheelchair. I think this particular issue is a challenge for most people whether it is a taxi, airline or just getting the right information across. It is presented with a great sense of humor with the operators voice sounding robotic.

Tanyalee Davis a Canadian comic who now lives in the UK puts on an amazing performance. Her sense of animation is wonderful and incredibly funny. She gives us a look at the world from her eye view, a short person standing 3’6”.

The performances are racy, and tongue in cheek. The topic of sex at times was over the top funny. This production has a large cast and it would have been great to have individual photos of the cast beside their names on the program.

The dialogue could not have been improved on. The lines are witty and at times poignant. Hopefully those of us who have had a narrow perspective of people who are challenged will have a greater and kinder understanding.

We can all accomplish great things in life and we can take on challenges no matter what they are and
make the best of it. Making the best of it means having a great sense of humor.

Tonight’s performance was well worth seeing. It is a refreshing look at how ridiculous we all can be at times when we have no idea what it is like to be that another person. We learn, we laugh and we move forward.

Only two nights left so get down to Granville Island.

© 2017 Karen Fitzgibbo