By Julia Bueneman
60 minutes | Comedy, Drama | PG
Heartwarming, heart-wrenching, adorable and charming: Genevieve (Zoe Towne) and Reid (Matt Hertendy) have incredible onstage chemistry. Rapid-fire dialogue, hilarious one-liners, brilliant writing, and wonderfully elaborate characters: this is a show that has everything (and a little bit of unexpected more).
Two strangers embark on a sixteen-hour-long rideshare to Thunder Bay – both for very mysterious and unknown reasons – and start on the long journey. Running into several massive delays on the way, the pair go through many adventures through which we learn more and more about life, love, loss, and porcupines.
The incredible use of their set – consisting solely of two chairs – was minimalist brilliance. Without taking away from the atmosphere of the show, they successfully transformed them into a variety of props and the transitions were smooth and graceful. Simplicity is key and the entire performance (along with the direction, by Matthew Venner) was absolutely spot on.
A spectacular show, this should absolutely be on everyone’s Fringe list. A great, humbling reminder that sometimes you really need a solid conversation with a stranger. And no matter the situation, there is always someone out there willing to help (no matter how they can). I laughed, I teared up, and I walked away with a lump in my throat: overall, one of my favourite shows.
Rideshares & Rope Swings is on at Studio Léonard-Beaulne June 23rd at 6:30, June 24th at 10 p.m., and June 26th at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12.