The 2000 Dawson Nichols fringe circuit hit Virtual Solitaire returns with Vancouver’s Darren Boquist wearing the game goggles this time.
Playing dozens of characters, Boquist guides audiences deep into the world of virtual reality where Nathan, a computer-game junkie, has been hired to calibrate the emotional response to a new murder-mystery game.
Something goes wrong and a murder investigation searches for answers while the audience contemplates the cost of isolation.
It is easy to get lost in the convoluted plot during a testing 90 minutes. The plot didn’t hold my attention as much as Boquist, who debuted in Winnipeg last year with The Official Napoleon Dynamite Dance Class.
This year he is appearing in three shows, two of which, Virtual Solitaire and The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, he performed within a couple of hours of each other. That’s impressive.
(Review by Kevin Prokosh based on Montreal performance)
From the official Fringe program:
Two scientists with conflicting morals struggle to pull a virtual reality junkie caught inside VR back to real life in this one-man virtuosic tour de force exploring themes of technology and isolation.
In 2000, author Nichols toured Virtual Solitaire to 5-star reviews across Canada. Now, Darren Boquist takes the reins with his own electrifying performance of 30 distinct characters.
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
Venue#8 The Rachel Browne Theatre 211 Bannatyne (Crocus Bldg.) Enter from parking lot on Main St
Under 12 not admitted.