(Or tell me about at time when you saw something really bad that you knew someone who was involved with it.)
Toronto’s Fringe Festival (consisting of 130 different plays performing around the city) is wrapping up today and I got a chance to catch the final showing of a play featuring a friend of mine from high school. She was good but the play was brutal. The male lead was stumbling over his lines, the writing was trying to be ironic and satirical and fell way short of both attempts. I was never sure what point the writer/director was trying to make. It was cringe-worthy but not in the good way like The Office. Both of Toronto’s independent weekly newspapers gave it 1 star out of 5. It was justified.
I just don’t know what to say the next time I see her. “I loved your performance even though the writing was repetitive and dull and you had nothing to work with. Also, the takeoffs of the 80s showtunes had the creativity of a high school student but you did a hell of a job belting them out.”
I just felt bad for her.
So when did you see one of your friends in a cringe-worthy performance and how did you deal with it?