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TJ Dawe: A Canadian Bartender at Butlins
Soho/Tribeca
75

TJ Dawe: A Canadian Bartender at Butlins NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(13 Reviews)
Positive
85%
Mixed
15%
Negative
0%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Confusing

About the Show

An autobiographical tale about pouring pints at Butlin's Holiday Camp - the McDonald's of resorts - a British cultural institution - and an absolute shithole.

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Member Reviews (13)

81
Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if If you want a play that is of memory genre. It is funny, a recount of when we worked at a British resort.

Don't see it if If you want a linear play, one that has story from start to finish. actor with multiple characters.

77
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great storytelling

See it if you want to see a talented, amiable Canadian raconteur tell some true tales from his time as a nascent bartender in a passé British resort.

Don't see it if u don't have patience for non-linear storytelling (which eventually comes together) or theatre of the mind (as no props/sets are employed).

Critic Reviews (4)

May 14th, 2018

"The joy of watching him perform is how he fearlessly plows through the words, jumping here and there...It’s an exhilarating journey as he detours through stories about high dives or being caught in an undertow. The main thrust of his story involves ordinary experiences and observations...It’s how he tells of this youthful exploit that keeps you hooked."
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August 20th, 2018

"Dawe delivers the entire 'A Canadian Bartender at Butlin’s' without a hiccup, a show ostensibly about his time spent slinging beer at a rundown British vacation getaway, but infused with stories from his own life...His stories are great and Dawe is an amazing performer, but sometimes things blur together without explanation...If you’re looking for an amazing storyteller, then look no further. TJ Dawe will wow and amaze with his storytelling prowess."
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July 5th, 2018

"A deceptively simple theatrical experience in which Dawe plays himself...His is a stranger in a strange land tale in which co-workers would wake him up to hear his exotic Canadian accent and his common Canuck words did not translate well in proper British society. The 75-minute remembrance is enhanced by the telling, enthusiastic and well-paced...Thirteen years after its debut here, 'Canadian Bartender' can still serve a stout theatrical brew."
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August 19th, 2018

"TJ Dawe has a lot to say about the service industry and being a bartender in a small amount of time. He is enthusiastic in his delivery...but the story goes nowhere fast. Story tropes are repeated ad nauseam...Dawe’s story bounces around so often, and his faux British accent is often spoken so fast it's hard to differentiate...That’s not to say the play is bad, just a little repetitive and underwhelming...It plays like a stand-up comedy set—some jokes work, some flounder."
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