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Gilgamesh

The Struts and Frets Players / Winnipeg

Posted: 07/18/2010 2:09 PM | Comments: 0

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It’s a history lesson, a love story and a buddy adventure — with a moving, philosophical message to boot.

Gilgamesh is comic-tragic retelling of the world’s oldest written story by a handful of Winnipeg performers barely out of their teens. And it rocks like Gibraltar!

Gilgamesh (Ariel Levine) is a king, created by the gods to restore order to the ancient Sumerian city of Uruk. But the power warps him into a tyrant, so the gods create a rival, the wild forest man Enkidu (Jessy Ardern, a girl), to beat some sense into him.

Doesn’t happen. Instead, the two men bond (Think Brokeback Babylon, G-rated) and embark on an ego-fuelled, epic journey that incurs the wrath of the gods — and one very ticked-off love goddess (Sarah Watkins).

Thanks to clever segues and the actors’ spot-on timing, this complex production never overwhelms. Not a minute is wasted.

Unfortunately, the July 16 audience was robbed of the ending (fortunately, it was the epilogue and not the climax) when the show was stopped by venue staff for exceeding its 75-minute deadline. (Sorry, guys, we have to subtract half a star.)

— Carolin Vesely

From the official Fringe Festival guide:

The nutters who brought you the old tales Perseus & Medusa (5 STARS - WFP) and Theseus & the Minotaur (4 STARS - CBC, WFP) go all the way back to the oldest tale in history.

A story of love, loss and hairy men, Gilgamesh recalls a time when men wanted to be gods, and gods just wanted them to shut up.

Warnings: Subject Matter, Some comedic sexual content
RECOMMENDED: General Audience

75 min

The Playhouse Studio (Venue 3), to Saturday

Tickets: $9
Discount Tickets: $7 for Students, Seniors, Temple Harlots
Under 10 not admitted.


 

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