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4.5 Stars out of 5
Stage 16, Sue Paterson Memorial Theatre at Campus Saint-Jean (8406 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury)
He’s worked in practically every supporting position you can imagine as a Fringe veteran, but this time Jon Paterson is front and centre in his first solo production, the autobiographical How I Met My Mother.
Alternating between memories of his younger years in Winnipeg, where his lack of self-esteem leads him into unsavoury situations, to more recent times where he finds himself caring for an elderly mother with dementia, Paterson spills it all on the floorboards like an act of contrition.
How I Met My Mother isn’t simply a confession of bad behaviour arcing towards redemption, though; Paterson threads moments of humour and gentle insight through his narrative towards the smallest but sweetest of epiphanies. This production has a certain amount of emotional resonance because his mother is Sue Paterson, for whom the theatre on Campus Saint-Jean is named.