- Written by Donald D'Haene
Troupe Name: Sutherland Theatre Company
Troupe Origin: London, ON
Playwright: James Lowe
Featuring: Brent Cairns, Rachelle Lauzon, Kendra Neaves, Brianne Lidstone, Cassandra Van Wyck, Matt Da Costa, Nicholas Leno, Emma Strong
Warnings: Some Coarse Language, Some Sexually Explicit Comedy
Audience: Not for ages under 16
Venue: Fanshawe Theatre
Ticket Price: $8.00
Show Length: 55min
Performances: Thurs., June 6 - 9:00 p.m., Sat., June 8 - 7:30 p.m., Mon. , June 10 - 6:00 p.m., Wed., June 12 - 8:00 p.m., Frid., June 14 - 10:00 p.m., Sat., June 15 - 4:30pm
*NOTE: Ticket price is reduced to $5.00 if you are wearing Superhero Apparel
The program notes for Super are very revealing. There we discover Super started as a story of a counseling meeting for Superheroes with bad powers and evolved into what Super is today: dysfunctional Superheroes meeting to save the world.
Based on opening night, I’d say the original idea had the potential for hilarity; the end result less so.
There is some interesting writing here but some of the performers strain to convince us they are dysfunctional, let alone bad Superheroes.
I have some quibbles with the direction. For example as “superhero” numero uno tells her story, three male actors act out practically every moment she describes. I wanted to leap from my front seat and save her! It was exhausting watching them.
Oddly enough, after that inauspicious start, it is those same three men who steal the show. Were their parts better written? Perhaps, but they deserve credit for how they delivered them. For example, you have to see Superhero “Invisibone” to believe it (and to figure out why he is called that!)
I did like that ALL the performers remained focused throughout. Even so, the writing was stronger than the delivery.
Audiences will definitely discover some laughs.
In the promo listing Super states that the Superheroes will try (and fail) to save our planet in its “darkest hour”.
At least this hour of Fringe had some “light” moments. And if you wear some form of superhero apparel (as my friend did - Superman socks!), you can see this show for only $5. THAT I would call definitely SUPER!
Donald D’Haene is Online Theatre Editor for The Beat Magazine. Check beatmagazine.ca regularly for our coverage of London Fringe! And read my lastest DISH with a bunch of diva puppets here: https://thebeatmagazine.ca/index.php/dishing-with-donald/1671-an-x-rated-dish-with-avenue-q