Stranger to Hard Work

Reviewed by 
Geffen Semach

Cathy Jones, widely known for her work on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, offers up a uniquely unapologetic look into her own life and experiences. This one-woman show opens up with Jones playing a doctor literally looking for herself. Jones (as “The Doctor”) explains why Jones would be unfit to take her new show to the road highlighting her own insecurities of physical health and mental health. From there, Cathy Jones enters. 

Loaded with musical numbers complete with smoke machines and quick character transitions, Jones maneuvers easily between a range of subjects including: being single; having too many commitments; as well as the notion of happiness. A major theme of the show colouring a lot of Jones’ commentary and digressions manifests as the idea of aging. For instance, Jones brings up Tinder (“Tinder makes whores of us all”), relationships at sixty (“No one wants you to sit on their face anymore”), and hypochondria in a nice little Rock ‘n Roll performance – sporting a Kurt Cobain shirt, no less – entitled “You Sick F***”.

Jones tackles heavy personal issues with unapologetically wicked humor, though at times lost a little in easy lead-ups to saucy jokes meant to redden cheeks. Stranger to Hard Work keeps an audience on its toes with its often disjointed quick-pace – but well worth the exertion to jump on the energetic Cathy Jones train.

Written and Performed by Cathy Jones

Directed by Ann-Marie Kerr

The Firehall Arts Centre presents Stranger to Hard Work from Sep 28th –October 8th.

Starring 
Cathy Jones

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