Edmonton Fringe Festival, The Beer Tent Reviews- Imaginary Friend: A New Musical

Review by Danielle LaRose

This bold new musical pulls no punches in its depiction of the struggles of single-parent family life. Mom, Pam, and her two daughters Lea and Juliette aren’t always the three musketeers. Pam is desperately overworked at a dismal dead-end job with a disgusting dead-beat boss. Leah is a young adult struggling to define her sense of self and stand up for her fervent beliefs. And young Juliet just wants someone to play with. Enter Rocky; imaginary friend slash flesh eating hell-spawn. Music by Daniel Belland is punchy and daring, though some irregularly jumpy intervals cause intermittent pitch issues. However, the sound musical story telling (no pun intended) allows us to connect strongly with each character; their joys, hopes and frustrations. Adult themes abound in this family fable, reminding us that growing up isn’t easy at any age.

Imaginary Friend: A New Musical plays at Venue 35, La Cité Theatre. Tickets and info at the box office or online.

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