by Adam Linton and Amy Cachero
30min / PG / Historical Comedy
Ludwig II and Elisabeth are best friends. They also happen to be the King of Bavaria and the Empress of Austria. The play, a fictional take on real historical figures, transpires on the evening of a state ball. You’d think it might be difficult to relate to teenaged aristocrats who sneak around castles at night showing off personal collections of art inspired by Richard Wagner, but Ludwig(a) delivers a playful and energetic ode to friendship and acceptance.
If you have a friend that you can share easy intimacies with, from the serious to the frivolous, you’ll enjoy Ludwig’s and Elisabeth’s back and forth. If you’ve ever had a friend that was different from you, but the same in all the important ways, you’ll understand why they keep each other’s secrets.
There is only one more showing for Ludwig(a) at Fringe, so don’t miss it.
The stage direction is excellent, implying long distances and changes in setting simply and neatly. An efficient use of audio and light give the story a larger dimension that the stage suggests. The two actors (Adam Linton and Amy Cachero) are convincing as bosom buddies that yearn for unconventional lives away from the trappings of court. They step confidently into the big shoes of royalty without fake affectations. They retain the innocence of teenagers that are only beginning to understand the workings of the older adults around them. Did Ludwig II and Elisabeth, who were close friends IRL, ever share similar conversations? This reviewer hopes so. There is only one more showing for Ludwig(a) at Fringe, so don’t miss it.
Ludwig(a) by Adam Linton and Gwyneth Orr has one more performance at Academic Hall (133 Seraphin-Marion) on Saturday June 22, 2019. Tickets cost $12 online (plus a $2 processing fee) and at the door. Visit ottawafringe.com for the schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.