Aidan Flynn lost his brother so he makes another
You have never seen anything quite like Aidan Flynn. Mump and Smoot are as close as I can come, which is not close. Nathan Howe and Morgan Murray are the "creators" and performers, and Howe also the director.
The two-character piece has only music and gibberish, and advances so fast that significant moments can easily be missed. A young man builds a structure resembling a human with a wooden cart, an abacus, a twig for an arm. He dismantles it and raises a corpse (I think, for this part is done with shadows). The dummy - which proves to be a real live actor - is animated by energetic wheel-turning. The body is then taught movement, which is where Frankenstein parallels enter. There's a sustained learning-to-dance segment and an attempt to tie up the monster, which then becomes threatening. A final 2-D sequence has a couple holding hands and then with a baby. Janet Smith's article in the current Georgia Straight reveals additional episodes and depths.
Clever, original, audacious, hugely inventive, skilfully sustained. Most of the sizeable audience laughed a lot and were clearly held. I admired in a detached way and can only record that, as they say, Aidan Flynn didn't knock my socks off.