Any time The Wardrobe Ensemble is involved in a production, I can confidently expect to be soundly reminded of just why I love theatre so very much. This production was no exception.
A collaboration between The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre, this two-woman show endeavoured to bring to life the story of The Great Gatsby in the simultaneously intimate and distant way that only lockdown theatre can truly achieve. And boy did it ever. Never have I felt as much like I was really back in the theatre this past year than I did watching this production. It may well be my favourite Gatsby adaptation I’ve ever witnessed and, putting source material aside for a second, is just a stunning execution of theatre all on its own. Both the performances and the stagecraft were utterly stellar and it proved to be one of those shows that left me emotional simply over how good it was.
You had me at “fantasy musical”. I love fantasy fiction, I love musicals, it would be difficult for me not to like this show. It helps that this eager group of performers bring all their enthusiasm to bringing that premise to life in a fun-filled loving parody of classic fantasy clichés. It’s easy to tell that the creators of The Quest genuinely love fantasy and rip the genre’s most tired tropes to shreds with nothing but the most honest affection.
It’s always lovely to encounter shows that manage to perfectly balance drama and comedy in such a way that the two compliment and further the effect of each other, rather than conflicting. Getting this right comes down, as so many things naturally do in the theatre, to the combination of writing and acting. If even one of the two is off, then the comedy and drama cannot coexist effectively. In the instance of Same Old Same Oldies, the comedy and drama smoothly orbit one other, each coming to the forefront and then retreating exactly when they should.
The premise of this piece intrigued me, and was enough to convince me to see it the day after I first heard about it. That premise, however, barely seems important after the first few minutes as the narrative gives itself over to something that could conceivably work with any back-story. That said, this is, by no stretch of the imagination, a bad play, and everyone involved has talent worthy of commendation.
I’m always a fan of original musicals at the Fringe because, more often than not, they’ll prove to be something quite special. Lucky certainly has the makings of something very special, even if it is still a work in progress with a development and growth to do.
Yet another show I chose on a whim because it was on soon and I hadn’t seen anything at a Greenside Venue yet this year. As I always say about the Fringe, you stumble in to some of the best shows by accident. My only regret is that I saw it on its last day, otherwise I’d be recommending it to everyone I knew here.
Entirely and utterly insane. I had zero idea what was going on in this show for almost the entire 50 minutes. Literally nothing about this show makes any logical sense to any reasonable person. And I loved every moment of it!