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Theatre review: He'd Be Your father's Mother's Cousin

Mary-Colin Chisholm's one-woman play is warm as a cuppa. Funny as high-water pants.

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Cape Breton lite. That’s how Mary-Colin Chisholm describes the culture and characters from Antigonish in her introduction to her one-woman show He’d Be You Father’s Mother’s Cousin. (Well, it’s actually a one-woman, one fiddler, and one “adequate” foley artist show.) In the show, Chisholm channels a tart-tongued gramma, a slightly catty and very chatty mother, and a taciturn father who’s overwhelmed by the histrionics of the women he lives with, as well as cast of minor characters. Various vignettes are painted in great detail—everything from some suitably corny ghost stories to a misunderstanding that almost has the authorities descending on the family for grandmother-abuse. The fiddle sets by Mairi Rankin and the creatively rendered sound effects by Christian Murray add a lot to the down-home charm. This show is as homey as a cup of tea with canned milk and as funny as a one-armed juggler.

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