UNBRIDLED & UNSTABLE by Gwynne Phillips and Briana Templeton (Templeton Philharmonic). At Factory Studio (125 Bathurst). Jan 12 at 9:15.
UNBRIDLED & UNSTABLE by Gwynne Phillips and Briana Templeton (Templeton Philharmonic). At Factory Studio (125 Bathurst). Jan 12 at 9:15 pm, Jan 14 at 6:45 pm, Jan 15 at 7:15 pm, Jan 17 at 9 pm, Jan 18 at 6 pm. $15. 416-966-1062, fringetoronto.com. Rating: NNN
Despite an equestrian theme in the title, the publicity materials and the opening bit, theres really not much of a through-line in the Templeton Philharmonics latest show. But that doesnt matter. The pair (Gwynne Phillips and Briana Templeton) are delightfully vivid, likeable performers who specialize in bizarre, off-kilter characters and premises.
Highlights include an amusing bit about an old-time radio show, with Templeton playing narrator and Phillips cuing some intentionally obvious Foley sounds. Templeton also shines as an eccentric novelist giving a reading. The writing and focus in this sketch are razor sharp.
As with many troupes, the TP have problems ending their sketches. An audience participation bit in the middle goes nowhere and is awkwardly staged. And the show closer, a musical take on the single life sung to Downtown, has a strong point of view but doesnt fit with anything thats come before.