Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Lulu: A Monster Tragedy
Lulu is what men want her to be: whore, Madonna, daughter, muse, victim (tellingly, all her lovers have different names for her). But we don’t know who she is — Manipulative climber? Innocent Pierrot? — and even though that’s the point, it makes it difficult to connect with this five-person local company’s bleak 75-minute drama, adapted from Frank Wedekind’s 1894 shocker.
Making it even more difficult is the booming quality of the venue, which muddied the dialogue into incomprehensibility and added to the confusion of an unclear, abridged plot and actors playing multiple characters.
As the title temptress, Charlene Van Buekenhout convinces us that she could move men and women to madness, and the rest of the cast handles the often blackly comic material well, but Lulu fails to seduce entirely.
— Jill Wilson
From the Fringe program:
"How dark it's getting"
"It'll get darker"
Written over a century ago, Lulu remains a hilarious, shocking and disturbing satire of our insatiable appetite for sex, money and death.
From the author of Spring Awakening and the company who brought Grand-Guignol to the Winnipeg Fringe.
Directed by Kevin Klassen
Featuring Andrew Cecon, Rob McLaughlin, Brian Richardson &
Charlene Van Buekenhout
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 75 min
Discount Tickets: $8 for Matinees
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Gunshots,
Updated on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM CDT: