Five 20-something actors, who appear to be University of Winnipeg theatre grads, give a splendid performance of an experimental work by the early 20th-century French-Romanian poet and essayist Tristan Tzara.
The 50-minute piece draws from clowning, dance, Dadaist and Surrealist traditions. The actors, who excel at physical comedy, speak poetic nonsense, as though coherent language were unnecessary for true communication.
They wear blue jumpsuits and no shoes and use a variety of simple props stored behind a white curtain. From time to time they break the fourth wall. The musical soundtrack ranges from the William Tell Overture to A Day in the Life.
Much of the proceedings are intentionally obscure, but in other ways they provide the kind of imaginative surprises that make fringe-going a discovery.
— Morley Walker
From the official Fringe program:
A passionate love story at the edge of reason and a darkly comic scrutiny of the mechanics of society, The Gas Heart tells the absurd tale of a motley band of characters striving to make sense, or at least to make contact, in the nonsensical junkyard of humanity where language itself has failed.
Shakespeare + Wilde + Beckett + Seuss = The Gas Heart
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
Venue#8 The Rachel Browne Theatre 211 Bannatyne (Crocus Bldg.) Enter from parking lot on Main St
Discount Tickets: $6 for Students, Fringe Performers