Quite Frankly

Quite meticulously worded monologues are full of situational humour

QUITE FRANKLY by Justin Sage-Passant (Screwed & Clued). At Factory Studio. January 9-10 at 3:15 pm, January 11 at 9 pm, January 12 at 6:30 pm, January 15 at 9:30 pm, January 16 at 5:30 pm, January 17 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12-$15, some pass discounts 416-966-1062, fringetoronto.com. See listing. Rating: NNNN

In this unabashedly British tragi-comedy, writer/performer Justin Sage-Passant transforms himself into various characters to tell the pitiable story of a social outcast nicknamed “Skidmark Frank,” a man still living at home with his crotchety old mother.

Performed at the 2007 Fringe as Manners For Men, this tighter, funnier, more cleverly named version makes Frank less disdainful than in the previous incarnation.

Sage-Passant’s meticulously worded monologues are full of situational humour (be warned, they’re also graphically bowel-obsessed), while director Jonno Katz helps Sage-Passant’s physical humour by juxtaposing the repressed Frank with more highly animated characters, like a flamboyant hairdresser and a pub bar-keep.[rssbreak]

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