Ottawa Theatre Review: Playing Bare

One of the many great things about being a volunteer at a local community station is the opportunity to see local events and meet the people behind the scenes. Last night was no exception. I got to see a great show, record an interview with its cast and director, and go play in the production studio this morning before heading off to work.

Playing Bare by Dominic Champagne
As translated by Shelley Tepperman
Produced by Evolution Theatre
Directed by Christopher Bedford
Starring Lawrence Aronovitch, William Beddoe, Jerome Bourgault, Fletcher Gailey-Snell, Kel Parsons, Chantale Plante

I’m always up for a look at reality, our existence, and the human condition. I think is is something many of us seriously think about at some point. No matter how you slice it, we all come into this world, we’re here for a time, and then we move on. How we choose to live our life is up to us (extenuating circumstances of environment and opportunity notwithstanding).

This play is an interesting mix of approaches to the journey, but one central path is one of waiting. Waiting for what? For opening night? For a spiritual sign to explain the meaning of our existence? For someone’s next thought? For direction? I don’t know if you’ll find your answers in Playing Bare, but I thouroughly enjoyed this particular passing of time. I got quite caught up in the lives of these characters – the comedy of their meetings, the tragedy of their pasts and presents, their moments of inspiration, the quirkiness of their souls. I was left inspired and thinking about my own soul and how I’m living my own journey.

From cast to director to lights and sound, even to the shoes on their feet, this is a show that does not disappoint. So be sure to check it out between now and September 13:

Sept. 3-6 and Sept. 10-13 at 8 PM
Sept. 6 & 13 Saturday matinées at 4 PM (Sept. 6 is pay-what-you-can)
Academic Hall, 133 Séraphin-Marion
University of Ottawa Theatre Building
Tickets – $15 adults, $10 students/seniors. Reserve tickets at 613-864-3386 or reservations [at] evolutiontheatre [dot] ca

More information at www.evolutiontheatre.ca

(Links updated November 2013)

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