Sunday, November 27, 2022

Fringe Review: Meditaish (Mini Bar Series)

What: Meditaish
Length: 20 minutes
Where: Casbah Lounge (306 King Street)
When: July 21-31 as part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival Mini Bar Series
Tickets: $7 + $1.75 fee at

When it comes to celebrities in the performing arts, their real lives can often be just as dramatic as their acted roles. Meditaish is the tale of a broadway diva who lives and breathes drama, taken before a judge after an angry outburst gone too far.

Come From Away’s Eliza-Jane Scott delivers an outstanding performance as Elinor Russett, the actress who takes centre-stage in a courtroom. She’s consistently funny throughout the performance, with each joke flowing easily into the next. Her counterpart is a judge attempting to deliver Russett’s sentence, whose seriousness and ever-growing exasperation perfectly balance out the actress’s eccentricity. Both performers excel at staying in-character, with Scott deserving particular accolades for her regular audience interactions. With her lines being delivered so smoothly, it almost feels like you’re actually in a courtroom with them.

The 20-minute saga of Elinor Russett is intriguing to watch. Her wild, dramatic rants are entertaining from start to finish, but it eventually becomes clear that they’re more than just jokes; they tell the story of Elinor’s life, and paint a picture for the audience of who she is as a person. Through the course of the brief production, we see her go through genuine character development, even as her inability to leave the spotlight continues to get her in trouble.

Arthur Bullock
Arthur Bullock
Arthur Bullock is a graduate of McMaster University, Mohawk College and Algonquin College. He's spent nearly all his life in Hamilton, and has been reviewing plays at the Fringe since 2015. He has a passion for writing of all kinds, and loves to combine that with a longtime interest in local theatre.

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