Victoria Fringe Festival 2017 – The Birdmann and Egg: Birdhouse
Review by Kelly J Clark – Showbill.ca Managing Editor
August 27, 2017
Everything is wonderful for the dynamic duo of Birdmann and Egg until their happy home is threatened by a menace of world-ending proportions. Can fun save the world?
Oh wow. Birdman shows are more than a staple of Victoria Fringe: they’re emblematic avatars of the festival. The definition of eccentric, Birdmann and Egg: BIRDHOUSE follows this matched set of kooks as they, with the help of the audience, try to save the world. Prepare for a lot of audience participation, fourth wall breaking, and even a song number. On second thought: there is no real way to prepare for a pair like the Birdmann and Egg.
Absurdity is Trent Baumann’s greatest strength, but this time it’s also his weakness. The production is awkwardly paced and the idiosyncratic style makes it impossible to tell if every flub, falter, or pause is planned or spontaneous. Baumann is his normal charismatic self and Sachie Mikawa charms as Egg, but the pair’s chemistry isn’t quite there. However, this show is a brand new piece and there’s every chance that the problems were opening night jitters. Baumann and Mikawa have earned the audience’s faith, so definitely give it a try.
Birdmann and Egg: Birdhouse is classic weird Fringe. Though it started somewhat awkwardly, Baumann and Mikawa are Fringe pros that are guaranteed to improve throughout the show’s run. If your ideal Fringe show is outlandish and quirky, then look no further than these three time Victoria Pick of the Fringe winners!
Created by Trent Baumann
Victoria Fringe Festival
Venue 6 (Fairfield Hall)
- Aug 27 @ 2:30pm
- Aug 30 @ 6:15pm
- Sept 2 @ 2:15pm
- Sept 3 @ 3:45pm