It seemed Brian McCann acted in every third production in the Philly area last season, giving a range of great performances. He was center stage to start this season, as Curio Theatre Company presented a family friendly Fringe show, I, PEASEBLOSSOM by Tim Crouch. Staged outside below a huge obelisk of Woodland Cemetery in West Philadelphia, I, PEASEBLOSSOM features McCann in a fat suit as a fairy from the pages of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.
I always enjoy sketching Curio Theatre because of its excellent productions and small stages. They are perfect size to create an imaginary world, and the medium is great for adapting into paintings.
McCann’s character appears as a kind of grounds keeper of the Woodlands cemetery. The neglected fairy is watching as humans fall in love, pointing out the flaws in our emotions. Interacting with the audience he asks “who is single?” “who is married?”To those married, he asks “why?”
[Woodland Cemetery, 4000 Woodland Ave]. September 13-17, 2017; fringearts.com/event/i-peaseblossom