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This one-woman show by Winnipeg’s Hailley Rhoda brings the trials and tribulations of Greek gorgon Medusa to the small stage — with mixed but mainly positive results.
Rhoda’s Medusa ruminates on how she came to become an outcast, living in a cave estranged from her sisters, the only mortal among her god-gifted family. An emotionally fragile, hand-wringing monologue sees Medusa exploring her feelings on turning humans to stone, and to abuses she has suffered, before being beheaded by Perseus.
The ambient noise from above the venue, located below the coffee-shop portion of Forth, was a distraction that partially hampered a full emotional engagement from and with the audience. While Rhoda does well to convey the heartbreak and emotional fragility of Medusa while using only a couple of modest but clever props, a different venue wouldn’t have necessarily helped make her melodramatic performance more palatable. The couple of comedic breaks in the monologue were welcome, but were so few and far between in the 40-minute performance they seemed out of place.
Overall, Heart of Stone is earnest and heartfelt, even if it does dive too deep solely into drama while eschewing more much-needed levity and/or humour.
— Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson
From the Fringe program:
A retelling of the Roman myth of Medusa. She was a mortal woman, bound to the service of Athena. That all changed when Poseidon assaulted her, leading to a curse that petrified everything her eyes met. A reframing of the myth with modern sensibilities. What makes a monster? And have we been fearing the wrong character? A new reimagining from the mind that brought you Medea and the Argonauts (4 STARS - CBC), one of CBC's under-the-radar picks for Winnipeg Fringe 2018.
Show Length: 45 minutes
Suggested Audience: Parental Guidance
Warnings: Mild Language, Violent Content, Sexual ContentTrigger warning: play deals with sexual assault
171 McDermot Ave.
Wed, Jul 17, 2019 – 6:30 PM
Thu, Jul 18, 2019 – 8:00 PM
Fri, Jul 19, 2019 – 5:00 PM
Sat, Jul 20, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Sun, Jul 21, 2019 – 5:30 PM
Tue, Jul 23, 2019 – 8:45 PM
Wed, Jul 24, 2019 – 7:15 PM
Fri, Jul 26, 2019 – 5:00 PM
Sat, Jul 27, 2019 – 4:45 PM
Sun, Jul 28, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Updated on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 2:02 PM CDT: Adds review.
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