Who: No Fixed Address Productions
What: Confessions of an Operatic Mute
Where: Mills Hardware (95 King Street East)
When: July 18-28, various dates & times (as part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival)
In Confessions of an Operatic Mute, Canadian comedian Briane Nasimok traces his career path from his first theatrical experiences as a child through to touring North American stages as a university student.
It’s clear through his performance and enthusiasm for the topic that this is a subject that Nasimok loves to talk about and a show that he loves to perform. He’s a likeable performer who has clearly performed this show multiple times- but as a result, some of the jokes feel unnatural and scripted- not just because they are, but because the delivery feels scripted.
Although the production revolves around his time working with the Canadian Opera Company, Nasimok’s stories span a variety of topics related to love and life as a university student. He weaves the stories together so seamlessly and naturally that the chronological progression of the show is easy to keep up with. And while the topic of opera may be intimidating to some, Nasimok does his best to keep his references accessible to those who would not be familiar with opera, theatres or backstage areas. He usually succeeds, although it is the references to childhood memories or bygone times that occasionally make his stories feel inaccessible.
Confessions of an Operatic Mute doesn’t have a lot of depth; it’s a person telling stories about an interesting time in his life. There’s no emotional arc or character development. However, the stories that are told are well done and interesting, which is difficult to maintain for a full hour. It’s a solid show that delivers exactly as promised.