Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Matchstick is an odd folk musical that lulls its audience with a light fairy tale about a young foreign woman that suddenly near its conclusion runs into one of the most infamous moments in American history. No one will see this coming (no spoiler here) and the abrupt change in tone is almost too wrenching, as if another show, a more serious one, has been tacked on.
Written by Saskatoon’s Nathan Howe, who performs with Lauren Holfeuer, the ambitious 75-minute musical is loaded with impressive songs and presentational flourishes that exceed expectations of a fringe show. The sets are created by overhead projections of drawings while a clothesline is hung with face photos that the performer can stand behind to portray other characters. The rootsy folk songs are so good you might be buying the CD after the show.
What is most admirable about Matchstick is that Howe and Holfeuer are fearless in veering to the theatrical fringe and isn’t that the reason we have a fringe festival in the first place.
— Kevin Prokosh
From the Fringe program:
Matchstick lives in an Undesirable Country. She falls in love with a foreigner who offers a new life but she must start from the beginning with a stranger. A historical not-very-fairytale folk musical based on the life of the wife of one of the most hated men in the world.
Director: Kristen Holfeuer
Cast: Lauren Holfeuer & Nathan Howe
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 75 mins.
Discount Tickets: $8 for Students
Warnings: Subject Matter
Updated on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 12:42 PM CDT:
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