Sunday, March 26, 2023

Fringe Review: Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil is a Journey of Music and Story

Who: Tor Lukasik-Foss
What: Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil
Where: Artword Artbar (15 Colbourne Street)
When: July 18-27, various dates & times (as part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival

How do we react in the face of difficult choices? And will the wrong decision and outcome haunt us forever?

Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil confronts these universal questions with a tight combination of music and monologue. Performer Tor Lukasik-Foss divides the show into four distinct scenes, each separated by a musical component about his fascination with “the devil;” a representation of his personal fears and self-doubt.

Tor Lukasik-Foss is a talented multi-disciplinary artist and storyteller who has chosen to share memories from his youth and adulthood with the audience that not only fit perfectly into this theme, but are intricately woven together through details. His writing is masterful and his original blues music, performed with just the accompaniment of a guitar, adds an other-worldly component to his stories of self-doubt, being haunted and feeding fear. Tiny Bill Cody revels in its simplicity; there is no microphone, no set (just two chairs on stage and a guitar stand) and the lighting is a straightforward wash. The performance itself seems unrehearsed and informal- but just like any good ghost story, the production would be less believable and interesting if it was too polished.

Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil is ultimately not an extraordinary journey. Geographically, it doesn’t travel beyond the boundaries of Ancaster, and metaphorically, it confronts day-to-day fears and uncertainties that any individual could encounter. However, Tor Lukasik-Foss’ incredible story-telling abilities makes this journey one well worth travelling on.    

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