Atlantic Fringe Festival: Waiting for Batteries will give you a charge

Come recharge your batteries by seeing this show.

It will be good for your soul, and the creators of Slippery People Theatre’s Waiting for Batteries and those who act in it deserve a full audience.

It simply must be seen this year’s Atlantic Fringe Festival.

The writing by Michael Burgos, who also plays the role of Eduardo, an eccentric and idealistic caregiver, is brilliant. All of the acting — which also includes Steve Day playing the role of Silvio Plachowski, a shortwave radio enthusiast, alongside Eduardo Dimartino as Larry, and Ken Hall as Therapeutic Rick — is beautifully done.

The story, the idea for which came from Day, is moving and makes you consider the different aspects of crazy we all possess in our own private spheres of life.

Is there really that big of a difference between the search for a beloved item which has been misplaced, leaving you to tear apart your home in search of it — investing emotion and even dictating your mood for the day — and an intrinsic obsession with a particular object by someone who may be deemed mentally ill?

Is there a large difference between an irrational phobia and an irrational fixation? Or does it just come down to duration.

Waiting for Batteries is an exploration of our everyday idiosyncrasies and how they are amplified when mental illness or even the mere ups and downs of daily life enter the mix.

It explores character boundaries and communication between people of different cultures and backgrounds.

It makes obvious the unique abilities we are born with as individuals and the potential we all hold.

Your shoulders may shake and ribs ache from laughter.

It can still be viewed at DANSPACE on Grafton Street today at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday – 9:30 p.m., Wednesday – 8 p.m., Thursday – 6 p.m., and Saturday – 9:15 p.m.


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