Don’t Tell My Dad, presented by Nefarious Projects and written and performed by Chelsea Manders, is a musical comedy about Manders’ life – and ours; it touches upon a wide variety of controversial and profane topics, from religion to slutty cousins. She is sharp, witty and intelligent, and has a beautiful voice to boot – even when she is singing about “dirty French men”. Manders is high-energy, wildly entertaining and is sure to make you laugh out loud with her ridiculous life accusations.
Don’t Tell My Dad has taught me to look at life in a whole new light. So because I love you, Theatre Readers, I am going to share some words of wisdom with you:
Don’t get Chelsea Manders to sing to your baby. Trust me. Don’t do it. She may just whip out her guitar and sing a fan favourite: “Little Existential Baby” – a lullaby for that philosophical infant who “knows we are all one diaper away from death”.
It is in your daughter’s best interest that you convince her that being a princess is not a real profession – before it’s too late. It may save your child from her impending demise (being beheaded), or at the very least, from having 14 children and dying of the “plaguey-plague”.
Great Britain is a slutty mommy.
Anne of Green Gables is one sloppy table dancer.
In order to convert to Judaism, you must go skinny-dipping – with a rabbi.
Mermen can’t have sex (or can they?…).
And last, but not least, you cannot be an artist if your family doesn’t raise you to be deeply, deeply, disturbed. In cases where you are unfortunate enough to have loving and sane parents, you must make it your life goal to mess yourself up as much as possible – or else you will never succeed.
If you have had an especially rough day, or are just looking for a laugh, Manders will do all that for you and more. A talented singer, comedian and musician, and an absolute pleasure to watch.
Don’t Tell My Dad, directed by Hayley Gilgan, is playing at Theatre Passe Muraille’s Mainspace as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival, until July 12th. For more information about Chelsea Manders, visit www.chelseapmanders.com.