Chester Playhouse is playing host a funky, spunky one-woman show called Stripes, conceived by and starring Sarah Hayward. She plays Pollyhymnia, a middle-aged woman who sings, quips and dances her way through an “audition” for the circus. Along the way, she explores her theory that it is the cracks (within and without) and stripes of different colours that make people wholly themselves. She riffs on the traditional circus acts—-for instance the high wire walker becomes a junky tethered by her tourniquet—-and reveals interesting tidbits of her life as she goes along. Hayward is an engaging performer with a quick wit and a powerful voice. She is also as fearless as an acrobat, as unique as a bearded lady and as funny as a rubber-nosed clown.
Stripes runs nightly till Friday at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee Friday. Tickets range from $15 to $25. Call 275-3933, 1-800-363-7529 or visit www.chesterplayhouse.ca