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This is What Happens Next 

When: Tue., June 1, 7 p.m., Thu., June 3, 7 p.m., Sat., June 5, 2 p.m. and Sun., June 6, 7 p.m. 2010
Price: $30
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Divorce, addiction and the life of John Denver are all dissected in Daniel MacIvor’s newest solo show. Perhaps best described as a scary fairy tale with a happy ending, it is directed by MacIvor’s longtime collaborator Daniel Brooks, blending autobiography, anecdote, philosophical musing and fantasy leavened by mordant wit and MacIvor’s inimitable delivery. The U.S. premiere is presented by Spoleto Festival USA.

It's a solo show with lots of characters
Daniel MacIvor plays a parade of different personae, male and female, young and old. These include a main character Will; Warren, a bitter, barbecuing gay guy; Susan, a single mom and legal eagle; Aaron, a sex-changed astrologer; and Kevin, a kid with a vivid imagination

MacIvor goes back to his roots
This is the kind of play the actor's most famous for — a one man show in which he adopts various guises. But after a break from such solo fare, this is truer and edgier than anything he's done before. MacIvor's recent life has been full of upheaval — he closed his company, moved across Canada, married and divorced, and moved across the country again. Although this provided plenty of fodder for a heart-on-sleeve monologue, a straightforward narrative wasn't enough for MacIvor. Instead, he built a series of scenes around different characters and aspects of himself.

It will keep you guessing
Want to know what happens next? MacIvor isn't sure himself. In a way, he's telling the story of his life — and it's only halfway over. The possibilities generate different scenes, ideas, and character choices. In the midst of entertaining explorations of human frailty, philosophy, and slice-of-life observations is a dissection of storytelling and the way plays are structured. All this is wrapped up in MacIvor's frank look back on his messy life.

— Nick Smith

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