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Catching Shadows

Broken Still Productions, Winnipeg, MB

Posted: 07/7/2011 9:41 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/17/2011 3:28 PM | Updates

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MTC Up the Alley (Venue 2), to Saturday

"What if life was only shadows?" That’s the question explored in this tedious and overly arty drama, written and performed by Winnipegger Megan Andres (Bedbound in 2010).

It opens with a young woman, Ava, lying on her back and watching shadows dance around a room the way children watch clouds shape into sheep, dogs and dragons. She bemoans the emptiness inside and around her.

Wielding a butterfly net, she then spends the next hour scooping the shadows out of the air and placing one after another in a wood box for safekeeping. Each one represents a memory, a formative or pivotal moment from her past ­— nearly smothering her sister, her parents’ divorce, a pregnancy — and it’s like she’s trying to urgently grab them all before they (or she?) disappear into the light.

There seems to be something very Buddhist going on here, maybe about attachment and "the Void" and letting go, but it doesn’t really work, despite Andres’s considerable acting abilities.

— Carolin Vesely

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

Without light, there are no shadows. But what if life was only shadows?

Megan Andres, one half of the dynamic duo that brought you last year's Fringe hit Bedbound, now brings you a brand new drama about coming to terms with what makes you who you are.

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 MIN

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 Matinees, Students, Seniors, Equity members, unemployed, Fringe performers

Warnings: None

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Updated on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 3:28 PM CDT: Adds review

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