BY SARAH BERMAN, VANCOUVER SUN
Giant Invisible Robot
When: Sept. 16, 5 p.m., Sept. 17, 3: 30 p.m.
Where: Revue Stage
Occasionally Jayson McDonald takes a moment to breathe, but it’s pretty rare.
In his imaginative one-man show Giant Invisible Robot, McDonald seamlessly weaves through an arsenal of fun-to-watch characters, beginning with a neglected kid named Russell.
Russell’s BFF is the play’s namesake—an oversized tin can of destruction, capable of flattening Chicago during a particularly boring afternoon. McDonald jumps forward and backward in time and across storylines to build up their lifelong relationship. These loosely linked vignettes paint a surprising and funny picture.
McDonald’s script is jam-packed with observant humour and emotional honesty. As a bonus, he supplies a matching cartoonish soundscape—complete with explosions and boings and echoes—that never misses a beat.
The set and props are minimal, but the result is polished and full.
Sarah Berman, Special to The Sun