Today we are continuing our Uno Fest coverage with Andrew Bailey’s Adversary. Andrew Bailey is a local writer, monologist, and actor. He is perhaps best known for his Fringe show Limbo and his work with Atomic Vaudeville. Now, this review is a little bit different from the others that we have done here. Our good friend Laura Torbet, who has written some of our most popular reviews on this site, went to Adversary last night without knowing that we didn’t have someone to review it. Having heard that, out of the goodness of her heart, she immediately sat down and typed up her thoughts on the show. This is the mark of an awesome reviewer and a Level 20 Theatre-Goer.

 

Alligators and Ducks:

I can’t stop thinking about this show. Adversary was my second show to be seen at the Uno Fest. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve seen the Andrew Bailey’s work before but only as Atomic Vaudeville sketches. (I can’t recommend those shows enough!) There he performs semi-contemplative, but always hilarious, bits meant to tickle the funny bone and maybe a few naughty bits for fun.

First off, there is a bit involving an alligator and a duck. That story does not, I repeat, does not involve a bar or anything that rhymes with duck.

The Adversary is about Andrew’s time as caretaker of a church on Pandora Street in Victoria. ┬áDuring his duties he meets many different types of folks. There is Matt, the tatted street priest, Susan the sweet-faced street druggie and a sanctimonious and out of touch with reality UVIC student (who hasn’t met those college students?). Fred is the street druggie who at one point holds a dirty needle to Andrew’s throat threatening to kill him, only to later try to save Andrew’s life from Jamie, the psychopath-iest of all psychopaths on the mean streets of Victoria. Yes, I did make up my own word there. Theater and storytelling supports and enables creativity. There’s mine.

Andrew acts out the various vignettes of caretaker life throughout he show, slipping in and out of each character through the night. He tells of his adversarial relationship with God, the church, himself, and the people he encounter with great authenticity and believability. Also, he has a really great mom.

Dear readers, I wish I had more time to expand on my thought about this show and how much I loved it. I laughed through the show with a sad understanding of this population. Any person with a heart, any person who has looked at these people and wanted to know why, any person with a brain will enjoy this show. It is only an hour long and starts early enough so that you can fit another show in to your evening.

-Laura Torbet