Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 3/7/2019 (650 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
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