FRINGE REVIEW: Yes People, No People makes middle ground enjoyable

Yes People, No People explores the middle ground of decision-making where some of us meander — the safe space between a passive or progressive choice.

This performance, suitably playing in The Waiting Room, is made up of a series of sketches in which Zach Faye and Julia Topple examine the inner and surface selves of their various characters, as well as the workings of society, along with appearance and perspective via a variety of theatrical styles. It’s a constant introspective analysis of our innermost thoughts and outward actions, in relation to some of the silly persistent practices of the present age.

They make a great team — supplying energy, enthusiasm and precision to this partially poetic piece, intermixed with appropriately themed music, metaphors and puns.

Mary Faye Coady, along with director Meghan Hubley, and the cast themselves, seem to have given great care into this collective artistic creation. This dramatic comedy has something to indulge the deep as well as those with a preference for potty humour.

A ranking of the show would reside in the same middle space it considers, because the subject matter and content don’t allow for a strong denouement, but this does not stop the performance from being immensely enjoyable.

It’s able to remind us of simplicity and clarity in this increasingly busy world. If you’re hearing the call of a little contemplation alongside some laughter see this show: Wednesday 10:05 p.m.; Thursday, 8 p.m.; Friday, 8:50 p.m. and Sunday, 5:50 p.m.

As originally published in The Chronicle Herald

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