Pathos, Punchlines, & Painkillers

We're used to a certain degree of self-revelation in the one-person show, but Montreal's Chris Masson certainly lets fly. After a wobbly intro positing himself as a youthful romantic and (plausibly) wealth-free performer and student, he launches into what is apparently his own story, about meeting a woman on the internet, having her come down with cancer before they can tryst in person, then embarking on a strained but sincere romance, with death looming throughout. A better storyteller than poet, Masson crafts something that becomes surprisingly interesting and touching as it moves along, awkward moments and all.
Fridays, 10 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; Fridays, 8:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Starts: July 31. Continues through Aug. 8, 2009

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