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The Stranger Next Door

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The Winnipeg-based troupe’s performance of playwright Sherry Bailey’s adaptation of the French novel of Les Catilinaires by Amelie Nothcomb has lofty ambitions, but it’s clear from the outset that much was lost in the translation.

New retirees Emile and Juliette (Bernard Boland and Joan B. Wilton) think they’ve found their dream home in the country, until toxically disagreeable neighbour M. Bernardin (Robert King) drops in for a visit. And another. And another.

Every day, at the same time, until the new arrivals feel like prisoners in their own space. And Emile is too polite — or weak — to turn him away.

It’s an intriguing idea, but the stilted dialogue of an awkward translation keeps the story from building any heat or momentum. At 90 minutes, it will likely make others feel captive, too.

— Brad Oswald

 

From the Fringe program:

The Stranger Next Door.

An English language adaptation of Amélie Nothomb's "Les Catilinaires".

Emile & Juliette have just retired to "the" house in the French countryside.

"Do you realize how alone we are here?

Do you realize how alone we're going to be?"

A wicked drama of good manners and bad neighbours.

Director: Rick Caslake

Cast: Bernard Boland, Joan B. Wilton, Robert King & Laura Harrison

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 90 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 for Matinees, Fringe Performers

Warnings: Subject Matter

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