ONEymoon (2 stars)

This article is from 2015


Conflicting messages don't marry well in this comedy / theatre piece about a one-woman honeymoon

'I am a strong, independent woman' Caroline Bierman says repeatedly throughout her act, which is based on her marrying herself after a cancelled engagement. In an effort to prove this, Bierman goes on a one-woman honeymoon (a oneymoon, geddit now?), and so an hour of soul searching, costume changes and lame jokes about cheating on herself with a cocktail waiter ensue.

The main problem is that Bierman's message is confusing. Marrying herself does prove that she don't need no man, but her main talking points while on her oneymoon are, well, men. More than that, she laughs in outrage about a date asking her to pay half of the bill, and later on declares that her neighbour must not love her husband because she doesn't cook for him. It's not the feminist message you'd hope for, and moments like these contradict the entire premise of the show. Eventually, she bemoans the idea of being alone and a divorce (mevorce, sigh) is considered.

Though there are some solid jokes in there, and she interacts enthusiastically with her audience, by the end of the set, it's unclear if her oneymoon is a good thing or a bad thing. Sadly, it turns out that this is not the strong, independent comedy piece it could have been.

Liquid Room Annexe, 226 0000, until 30 Aug (not 19, 26), 8.35pm, free.


  • 2 stars

Christel Bartelse / Dutch Girl Productions / PBH's Free Fringe Canadian Caroline Bierman coined the phrase 'ONEymoon' and reinvented a long standing social convention. This celebration was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award, Best Solo Show. Audiences join Caroline as her family and friends toast her unusual day and get…