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FringeTO: My Thoughts on "A Nurse's Worst Nightmare"

I kicked off the Toronto Fringe Festival with Zabrina Chevannes's "A Nurse's Worst Nightmare." The comedian and nurse, who hosts and produces a regular show, "Things Black Girls Say" at the Comedy Bar, took an intimate audience at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace through the trials and tribulations of her life. The best part of the show is her imitation of her Jamaican father. "You called the wrong Black man!" is his response to a paying $30, 000 to get his son released from a Mexican jail. As a comedian, Chevannes shares with us the fact that she can't help but put these things in her show because while they are negative, they are just so bizarre that her comedian brain automatically saves them for her stand-up routine. This stance on sharing even includes such elements as the heartbreak of dealing with a husband whose mental illness changed the dynamics of their marriage to racist elderly patients who "don't like" people like her. While the flow of the material could be smoothed out for easier transitions, "A Nurse's Worst Nightmare" is a unique stand-up show that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.

My Rating: 3 1/2 stars out of 5

Show: A Nurse's Worst Nightmare
Venue: Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace,
16 Ryerson Avenue (north of Queen, 1 block east of Bathurst)

Upcoming Performances:
July 03 at 03:00 PM  
July 05 at 02:45 PM
July 06 at 09:15 PM
July 07 at 05:00 PM  
July 09 at 02:45 PM  
July 10 at 10:30 PM  
July 11 at 06:15 PM  
Show length: 55min.
Genre(s): Comedy, Storytelling

This performance is not accessible for non-English speakers

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