Victoria Fringe Festival 2017 – Beau & Aero: Crash Landing
Review by Heather Jarvie-Laidlaw – Showbill.ca Guest Writer
August 28, 2017
From the creators of last year’s big hit Bella Culpa comes Beau & Aero: Crash Landing a new offering that’s a whole lot of fun, albeit a little familiar.
Our fearless protagonists Beau (David Cantor) and Aero (Amica Hunter) crash land on the stage in a wonderfully clever and fun bit, and the action doesn’t slow down from there. There are a lot of highlights, between the crackers, balloons, audience participation, and tons of well-timed slapstick. Crash Landing doesn’t seem to have the same storytelling through-line as last year’s show. No misunderstanding, the characters have strong traits and are well thought out, but there isn’t a sense of what the stakes are for them or, really, what they’re trying to accomplish. Although both Beau and Aero’s physicality was impressive, they were very reminiscent of their characters from their 2016 Fringe show.
That being said, both performers commanded the stage and had the audience, at moments, literally eating out of the palm of their hands. Balloons are utilized throughout the show in a multitude of creative ways, including as musical instruments, a love interest, and an impressive costume change. One of the best moments of the night had to come from one of the smallest audience members, though, who, during a very impressive show of rage from Aero turned to her father and said, “I think she has an anger problem,” following up immediately with, “Is that what you’d call a temper tantrum?”
There were some minor technical difficulties in this particular performance that should be put down to the pair just arriving in town today after driving all the way from the Edmonton Fringe Festival, but at the end of the day it’s a very strong production. People of all ages were laughing wholeheartedly, and oohing and aahing together in amazement at the physical feats this talented duo pull off.
Whether you’re young in age or young at heart, this show is fun and endearing. You won’t be able to help yourself from smiling and laughing throughout (though you can only hope you have a tiny comic in the audience.)
A Little Bit Off
Created by Amica Hunter & David Cantor
Victoria Fringe Festival
Venue 7 (The Roxy Theatre)
- Aug 28 @ 6:00pm
- Aug 30 @ 5:15pm
- Aug 31 @ 7:45pm
- Sept 2 @ 2:45pm
- Sept 3 @ 12:15pm