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Lip Sync Sleepover

  • Created & Performed by Vanessa Smythe
  • Developed & Directed by Mitchell Cushman
  • May 25 - May 26, 2017
  • $20
  • 75 mins (no intermission)
  • Details

    “How can we find the magic in our lives?

    Because we need it, in order to keep going.”

    What day of childhood do you wish you could live again?  What would you tell your 7-year old self, if you could write and send her a letter?  In this show, and in her “spellbinding combination of storytelling, stand-up comedy, poetry and song – all at the same time”, Vanessa Smythe takes us back to childhood in this poignant, funny, deeply personal celebration of the people we dreamed we’d be – and the memories that remind us of who we truly are.  A celebration of life’s tricky disappointments – and its enduring, understated joy.


    “[S]he’s able to quickly tack between the humour in everyday minutia, and grand, heartfelt observations about big life questions.” – Jordan Bimm, NOW

    "Smythe’s poetry is captivating... her stories...are delivered with startling clarity and conviction... a very appealing vulnerability, full of humanity." - Mooney on Theatre

    “Smythe is a charming, spontaneous performer with a big grin, restless energy and genuine gift for poetic narrative. Her stories ring true, whether she's describing attending her younger brother's Grade 8 graduation or initiating a drunk booty call with an ex.” – Glenn Sumi, NOW

    “It feels like she’s talking directly to you and no one else. You are certainly safe and sound in Vanessa Smythe’s company.” – BroadwayBaby

    "Poignant, playful, and beautifully unique" – BroadwayWorld       

    "A charismatic force" - Gay Theatre Toronto

    "[F]unny and poignant...deeply moving" – NOW  

    “[S]heer underground poetic elfin magic” – SG Fringe

    "[E]ndearing in a way that is similar to Diane Keaton...infused with emotion and vibrant imagery, and a sweet, captivating earnestness" – TWISI

    "Soothing and magical...Utterly charming" – ArtsVox         

    “[P]oetic, honest, and haunting” - Glenn Sumi, NOW             

    "[She] drew us into moments of tenderness & emotional reality...She is the mistress of the awkward, slightly embarrassed pause."- topoet




  • The Team


    • Vanessa Smythe - Writer, Performer


    • Mitchell Cushman - Director and Developer