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Fringe Fest Theatre Review: Heart-Strings

Posted by Amie / June 15, 2010

Heart-StringsDoes your heart do this?

Did your heart come delivered in a present-like wrapping papered box? Does she (your heart) have curly red hair, a great pout, and sport colourful underwear over her pantyhose? Does she strum two chords at a time on a guitar while she is metaphorically being cut from her own body? Perhaps you would have a better relationship with her (your heart) if she did. "Heart-Strings" is a better Girls-Night-Out than Sex & the City 2, and a better Girl's-Night-In than a pint of Ben & Jerry's. Tanya Elchuk and Amy Crnkovic could be this year's Montreal Fringe darlings.

Both Elchuk and Crnkovic come from performance art backgrounds, and it shows with their perfectly-timed physical comedy. While the text can seem a little rigid, the staging is so coordinated with over-the-top or subtle movements that every sentence can leave you smiling. Immediately you empathize with the adorable characters on stage, the constant action, the frenzy of falling in love, the yelling involved when the heart breaks...repeatedly...and the conversations with yourself that seem less crazy when your heart is actually standing (and jumping) in front of you.

No chance you'll nod off to this one, since the two characters will hit on you, commiserate over past love affairs with you, ask you awkward questions, and generally keep you thoroughly entertained. Oh, and if you're a guy in the audience, don't worry. This isn't just for the ladies. There's hunting involved. Very manly, hunting. Still, we should all be so lucky to have such an adorable relationship with our own hearts. Cute and quirky, this sweet play is fun from start to finish.

You still have 3 chances to see this show:
Wednesday, June 16, 6:15pm
Friday, June 18, 7:15pm
Saturday, June 19, 4:15pm

Where: Theatre la Chapelle (3700 St-Dominique)

How: Tickets available at Fringe Park (St-Laurent at Rachel) until 2 hours before showtime, online at or by phone at 514-849-FEST until 11pm the night before the show. Or you can buy tickets at Theatre la Chapelle 1 hour before the show (cash only).

Cost: $12

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