Review: World Without Us fails to impress

Silence, darkness, rats, cockroaches. This is what the world is, without us.Suddenly humans have disappeared. We didn’t slowly die out, we suddenly evaporated with no explanation as to why. Nothing is left of our human bodies, but all of our objects still exist as though we never left. Performer Karolien De Bleser is here to slowly explain what would happen in this world.

Basically, it’s the power going out, planes slowly crashing back to Earth, the world turning back into nature, and marble countertops still existing thousands of years later for De Bleser’s strange musings on dull conversations at a bar.

This is not what I had in mind for a show that claimed to be about the human experience, I expected something insightful, thought-provoking, or maybe something that didn’t shroud us in total darkness for half the show.

None of these ideas were new or enlightening, they didn’t shake me out of a reverie of material possessions and consumption. Concepts that would have been interesting for a few minutes lasted the entire performance. Even after you thought the show had finally moved onto something different, they returned. Some ideas only seem novel for a short time, but unfortunately this show never learned that lesson.

World Without Us runs April17-29 at The Cultch’s Historic Theatre. Tickets are on sale now through The Cultch’s Box Office: 604-251-1363 or

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