In a previous interview, DJ Edwards told me that Soulo was sort of like gay therapy. Three performers would present three monologues -- essentially, their coming-out stories -- and it would not only provide them with opportunity to vent, but the audience would benefit from the experience. It sounded noble, but I don't think I was convinced in the interview.
Then I went to Soulo and cried at least three times. Mckenzi Scott, posing as Nicole Kidman, effectively established the mood and setting of a circus of the soul -- three people performing emotional acrobatics that were hilarious (there were several prolific cacklers in the crowd), sad and uplifting. Terrence Bryant, Marco Bernardi and DJ Edwards talked about growing up in difficult surroundings, how they coped with their sexuality, the troubles they had, the fun, and how they came to find a measure of peace.
In light of recent and continuing suicides among queer youth, this kind of show is particularly important. It would be nice if we could all have our part in Soulo, tell our tales and be appreciated. Once again the damn Fringe made me weep piteously, and I look back with a kind of awe at how enthusiastically I joined in the standing ovation. –Jeremy Willard
Soulo runs till Sat, July 14 at Robert Gill Theatre, 214 College St. fringetoronto.com