FRINGE 2015 — A Divine Comedy

By Jay Menard

John Lennon once sang, “God is a concept by which we measure our pain.” Thank goodness Mike Delamont’s God is a Scottish Drag Queen — currently in its second iteration — wasn’t around in 1970, because there’s no way the Bard of Mersey could have sang those words with a straight face.

God is a Scottish Drag Queen 2 is as much of a sure thing as you can find on the Fringe circuit. Delamont is a pro in every sense of the word and has crafted a show that combines a number of sure-fire comedic elements: tall man in drag; Scottish brogue; wise-cracking God (I mean, George Burns made three terrible movies playing God — and by that time Burns was insufferable.)

But as much as an unholy trinity of idolatry, cross-dressing, and fake accents may be a solid recipe for success, the show truly works because, at the foundation, Delamont is funny. There’s not much improvisation in the show, but he is able to respond to changes and outbursts with humour and wit. He’s able to craft local references into his shows and makes it feel like every performance was crafted with this audience in mind.

Delamont is not breaking any new ground here. If you saw and liked the first performance, you’ll like this one. But, as the old adage states, if it ain’t broke…

You still have a couple more chances to see God before he graces another city with his presence. Don’t miss out.

This opening weekend review has been posted on behalf of Theatre in London.ca (http://theatreinlondon.ca/).

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