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The Fisherman and His Soul

Lady of the Lake / Winnipeg, MB

Posted: 07/11/2011 2:18 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/20/2011 10:52 PM | Updates

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Son of Warehouse (Venue 5), to July 24

"Love is better," says the fisherman in Oscar Wilde’s fairy tale The Fisherman and His Soul. Better than wisdom, he tells the soul he gave up for love. Better than riches.

That sounds ripe for the stage, but this dramatization of Wilde’s short story does not contain enough detail to explain the Romeo and Juliet-esque ending.

The production relies heavily on special effects that are particularly well done despite a bare-bones budget.The best characters — a priest, a merchant and a witch — are played in masks. The scene with masked witches dancing in the moonlight is particularly powerful. Puppetry and shadow images are also used to great effect, although in places the shadows are perhaps unintentionally funny.

— Julie Carl

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

A fisherman falls in love with a mermaid, but to be with her will he give up his soul? This adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic story weaves a tale of love, beauty, truth and what we must sacrifice to get them.

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 MIN

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 for Students

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Updated on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 4:26 PM CDT: Adds review

July 20, 2011 at 10:52 PM: Adds video

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