This delightful two-hander from Ottawa is one of those buried treasures one hopes to unearth at the fringe.
An intimate and whimsical fable employing folk music, poetic language and even fresh baking, it boasts a highly creative and experimental flavour. The seating is lined up along both sides of the performance area, a room on the third floor of Mondragon Bookstore. Lit by two table lamps at either end, the space has the intimate feel of a living room.
It is perfect for the two actors, Nicolas Di Gaetano and Emily Pearlman, as the shy lovers Gwendolyn Magnificent and Bartholomew Spectacular, who meet at a time in history "when countries were shaped like stars."
Beyond this it’s hard to describe. But it’s an entrancing 45 minutes, ideal for children and adults, that fly by in no time. And you won’t want to miss those cumin-scented moustaches.
— Morley Walker
From the official Fringe Festival program:
The courtship of Gwendolyn Magnificent and Bartholomew Spectacular is a tale of love best heard through a tin-can telephone.
"Part fairy tale, part vaudeville routine, part old-fashioned love story … one outstanding hour" - Ottawa Citizen
Winner of Outstanding Production (Ottawa Fringe) and Outstanding New Creation (Rideau Awards)
"This is the theatre show The Decemberists would create if Roald Dahl directed them."
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
Rudolf Rocker Cultural Centre (Venue 19), to Saturday