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Montreal Fringe Festival: Night #1

Posted by Sarah / June 14, 2008

Scènes de litsAs some of you probably know, the Montreal Fringe Festival is now underway and will be going on until June 22nd. It’s a pretty huge festival and the amount of stuff to see there is quite overwhelming to tell you the truth. The good thing about it is that unlike most music festivals, you get more than one chance to check out an act that you’re interested in seeing. Most of the plays run between two and six nights over the course of the festival. I love theater and it’s something that I don’t go and see nearly often enough. So, along with other writers, I’ll be bringing you reviews on lots of plays over the next ten days, and if it sounds interesting, you should take the opportunity to go see it for yourself.

Tricky Part.jpgSo last night I began my Fringe journey by seeing The Tricky Part, which is a play brought to us from the far land of South Africa. It was an interesting and touching play. The narrative gaps threw me off and it took me a while to really find this interesting.

Next, I headed off to Theater Ste-Catherine for the highlight of my evening, Scènes de lits. A dynamic company from Brossard presents this play in French and did a fantastic job at portraying the various exuberant characters (sometimes more than one character per actor). The play starts off being extremely funny and vivacious before heading into the darker depths of sexual relationships. Whether it’s the teenage couple trying to get it on for the first time, the swingers, the one-night-stands, or the gay guy trying to convince a girl he’s straight, all shapes and sizes of relationships are represented in a well-done 90 minute wrap.

Finally, I went to see Trauma Kit, which was a dance-theater performance portraying an intense psychosis triggered by the erasing and insertion of memory experiment. The acting/theatrical part of the play didn’t really do it for me though. I’m not a big fan of psychoses in general and I didn’t really hook (pun intended) on the actress’ performance. The choreography however, was fantastic. I loved watching this beautiful girl twirling around in a harness tied to the ceiling. The light and shadow play were great, and I wish I would’ve gotten the "OK" to take pictures for this one, because it was stunningly beautiful to see.

Photos provided by SarahBrideau.com

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