Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Fringe Review: "Phone Whore", Another 5 Star Performance!

PHONE WHORE
by Cameryn Moore
(www.camerynmoore.com)
presented by Cameryn Moore from Boston, MA
Director: Elizabeth DuPré
Cast: Cameryn Moore
Genre: Comedic Drama
Audience: Mature Audience
Warning: Content, Language



DESCRIPTION: Hey, there. … How are you doing? …. Yeah? Well, hang out with me for an hour and I will rock your f***king world. …Truth and taboo collide in this intimate visit with a phone sex operator. Listen closely: she may change your views on sex forever.

MY REVIEW: So know the title and you've read the description, so it wont' be a surprise to you when you go see the show that the language and phone scenarios are sexually explicit. What may surprise you is strength of the writing and the polished acting: no basic sex ad chatter that you find in the classifieds, and no fake, over the top, cutesie acting. What you get in PHone Whore is honesty and a script that questions society's standards, taboos and hypocrisy in relation to sex and sexual fantasies. "Hi, this is Larissa." Moore's mellifluous voice welcomes her callers and us into her world. We become voyeurs and participants at the same time as we listen to her calls and answers our unvoiced questions with explanations about her various clients and her own life.

Banal activities such as smoking, peeing (off stage), making toast and coffee, counter some of the shocking phone calls that may distance us from Larissa, but Moore's natural style of acting grounds her character and prevents us from putting up any barriers between her world and ours. For most of us, the women in skimpy clothing in the back of newspaper classifieds are not part of everyday world, but a woman wearing a robe and house slippers sitting in a comfy chair could be our neighbour. My Rating: ***** 5/5 Delicious Stars.

Venue 5 Annex Theatre
55 min.
Wed, July 7 3:30 PM
Thu, July 8 11:00 PM
Fri, July 9 4:00 PM
Sat, July 10 5:45 PM

TICKETS
$10 at the door. Cash Only.
• Online $11 at http://www.fringetoronto.com/
• By Phone at 416-966-1062 or 1-866-515-7799
• In person (June 30 – July 11 only) at The Randolph Centre for the Arts, 736 Bathurst Street
NO LATECOMERS WILL BE ADMITTED.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Saw the show in Montreal earlier in the tour (go tell your friends in other cities!) I kinda thought I knew what I was in for, and I was mostly on target, but mostly she surpassed my expectations mightily! Cameryn rocks! Disarmingly simple in structure, the show weaves a spell over you, leaving you thinking and feeling differently than when you entered. In many ways, the best kind of theatre! Go! (Not for the faint-hearted!)