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The Fisherman & His Soul
Presented by Lady Of The Lake Productions

Reviewed: 2011-07-25 02:12:17
Rated: 5 out of 10 [2.5 Stars]
By: Robin Chase (e-mail private -- log in to view)

Based on a short story by Oscar Wilde, The Fisherman & His Soul - presented by Lady Of The Lake Productions of Winnipeg - was a brave undertaking by Director/Playwright Jacqueline Loewen who adapted the story. For some reason, I was expecting a more contemporary re-telling of the story sans the traditional dialogue. I was max'ed out on the thee's and thou's by about the 15-minute mark.

But the show, part of the 2011 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, was not without its charms. There were three lengthy monologues by the actor portraying the Soul highlighted by comical special effects featuring the use of silhouettes on a back-lit screen and a dance sequence with frenetic choreography that went off without a hitch. The music, performed live by Violinist Rebecca Loewen, was also a nice touch.

The scene changes were rather awkward and felt like interruptions, but this could have been the fault of the venue - the infamous Son Of Warehouse - and its small stage. If this show could have been performed on a larger stage, I may have had a better overall impression.

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