Sam Kruger plays an endearing, nonsensical alien hoping to find a human connection in his brilliant one-man show, “Fool Muun Komming!” Combining mime, spoken word poetry, stream-of-consciousness monologue, and a cappella sound effects, this performance is a love letter to humanity and a hilarious look at our own flawed existence. The script is a bit of everything: intellectual, absurd, raunchy, poetic, adorable, and funny, drawing on many elements of pop culture.
A set of swingin’ sci-fi tracks ushers audiences into a cozy, cabaret-style theatre, where they can order a drink and find a seat at a table. From the moment he shuffles onstage and emerges gloriously from his cryogenic sleep sack, Kruger exhibits a witty, Jim-Carrey-esque physical comedy. To a quirky a cappella soundtrack, Kruger mimes his morning routine aboard the spaceship, accompanied by his Cat Stevens. Drawing on an entertaining repertoire of accents, he performs a hilariously tragic love story using only two fingers on his face.
As foreshadowed by the show’s full title, language plays an important role in “Fool Muun Komming! <BeBgWunderful/YEsyes/4sure.Hi5.TruLuv; Spank Spank :SOfun_Grate_Times>.” Perhaps the result of being frozen for eons, receiving our text messages out of context, Kruger’s character playfully pieces together words, resulting in a mix of spoken-word poetry and sound effects that achieve a certain artistic coherence. The alien struggles between his urgent need to communicate and his natural tendency toward poeticism, with his self-criticizing voice scolding him to “get to the point” instead of “not making any sense.” An artist at heart, this shapeshifting being is blessed with a love of storytelling. In a stream-of-consciousness monologue, he describes a psychedelic dream with dancing white tigers, vulvas, and his beaver spirit guide Clarence. Despite the criticism of his asteroid companion, Love Rock, Kruger’s character uses language to indulge in the pleasure of not having a point, but rather, having a moment.
Despite the fact that his asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, this kindly loving alien wants nothing more than a brief connection with the audience. Through his foreign eyes, he reminds us of the beauty of our world “of ice, wind, rain, blood, genocide, and love.” He looks into our “beautiful, sensual, amazing memories,” and idolizes our heroes: Oprah Winfrey, David Bowie, Mahatma Gahndi. Does the alien, or the artist, find this precious moment of love and connection with the humans? The ending is sweet, blurring truth and fiction, and entirely dependent on the audience.
“WHO IT’S FOR”:
Kruger’s interdisciplinary solo creation is a positive light on a planet full of suffering, and a must-see for anyone open to simply indulging in a moment of love, language, and laughter.
Sam Kruger presents “Fool Muun Komming!”
at the 29th St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival
Performances: June 7 – 15, 2019
Venue: 01 – Le Ministère
4521 Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2T 1R2
Admission: $10 – 12 | Ages 12+
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Driven by her passion for contemporary art and writing, Cardineau pens reviews, interviews, and analyses informed by her own multidisciplinary practice. She formerly held the positions of Head Writer and Online Editor for Yiara Magazine, a feminist art and art history publication. She is excited about what this year’s Fringe Festival has to offer, especially in the context of theatre and politics today.
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