THE LEAGUE AGAINST TEDIUM
written and performed by Simon Munnery. Presented by BBC Canada and Taylor/Bryant at the Bathurst Street Theatre (736 Bathurst). Runs to October 27, Tuesday-Friday 8 pm, Saturday 2 and 8 pm, Sunday 2 and 7 pm. $20-$45. 416-872-1212. Rating: NN Rating: NN
In the league against tedium, Brit Simon Munnery is in a league or two over his head.He probably doesn't care, because at various times in his monotonous solo show he sports some flashy headgear, including a teapot, a big orange bucket and a large hat with an exclamation mark on it.
The costume elements (he also uses a computer keyboard like a guitar) are among the best things about this show, which purports to look at computerization and information overload but is really just an opportunity for Nunnery to wank off about advertising and play with words.
"Money doesn't grow on trees," he says, for example.
"Yes it does, it's paper."
Buried in all the technical and verbal mumbo jumbo is the idea of a nonentity trying to make himself heard in the busy modern world. Munnery's misogynist persona seems obsessed with winning even the smallest argument.
We never learn why. What's too bad is that we don't care.