I caught the new Brad Fraser production this past weekend at the Factory Theatre (Toronto), and must say it's another to chalk up to great writing. The two-hour production (including intermission) is a look into the complicated world of relationships, straight/gay/asexual, marital, work, and intergenerational - all within the context of a loving family environment. The question surrounding all this is, how is love defined?
Fraser is known for his often cynical interpretations of life, including his past successes Angels in America, Poor Super Man, and Unidentified Human Remains. In this current work he takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotional highs and lows. He shows the complications that exist in all relationships, whether with your life or business partner, your sister or father, your boss or your therapist. The storyline continuously goes from one-liner hilarity to thought provoking seriousness within minutes.
The fast paced acting is carried out by five characters with a minimalist stage setting. Rapid costume changes shift the focus from one location to another, simple yet effective. Fraser also directs this somewhat autobiographical romp through relationship reflections. There's bound to be one character or situation that each and every audience member can either relate to, or see in someone they know. I'd suggest another two hours to debrief and discuss your reflections with whomever you attend, even if that's just yourself!
After a succesful run in the UK, the Canadian premiere is the opening show for the Factory Theatre's 40th anniversary 2009/2010 season. Catch it before it ends on November 1st. www.factorytheatre.ca