'Breaking Booze' is quite simply hysterical. There are a million ways it could be said, with as many fancy words as you want to throw in, but that says it all. Calling the show 'a-laugh-a-minute' would be a gross disservice; it was closer to a laugh every ten seconds. At its most basic, 'Breaking Booze' is the story of a man who likes to drink going sober for a year. Rozenbach discusses the events which pushed him to take a year off drinking, the many challenges he faced, and even branches out into some more philosophical ponderings on alcohols place in society.
The show is far from revolutionary. It doesn’t do anything that hasn’t been done before and rarely does it extend into deep or intellectual comedy. But that’s what makes it so enjoyable. It’s accessible, easy to follow and possibly the most relatable show in the Festival.
Furthermore, Rozenbach is superb. What he presents is a well-polished, seamlessly delivered performance that hits all the right notes. There’s just enough edginess to keep the audience sharp, but doesn’t bother going into territory that it doesn’t need to enter. Instead, it starts strong, continues strong and ends strong, without a single moment of wasted energy. A festival highlight that is sure to be a fan favourite.