HER MASTER’S VOICE

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(Nina Conti, UK). 61 min­utes. Subti­tled. Rat­ing: When dis­il­lu­sioned UK co­me­dian/ven­tril­o­quist Nina Conti dis­cov­ers that her men­tor, leg­endary the­atre re­nais­sance man Ken Camp­bell, has died and be­queathed her his col­lec­tion of dum­mies, she trav­els to a U. S. ven­tril­o­quist con­ven­tion and mu­seum, her menagerie of odd pup­pets trail­ing after her.

There’s a slap­dash, con­trived feel to the set- up, which ba­si­cally con­sists of Conti set­ting up the cam­era to show her­self (and her dum­mies) ar­gu­ing back and forth. There’s lots of hu­mour, but just as many painful in­sights into shy­ness and cre­ativ­ity.

It makes a ter­rific showcase for Conti’s tal­ents, as well as those oddball char­ac­ters (both hu­man and pup­pet) she meets at the con­ven­tion. Apr 29, 7 pm, Cum­ber­land 2; May 1, 11 am, ROM The­atre; May 4, 1: 30 pm, Cum­ber­land 2.

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