60 minutes |Comedy | PG
A show was featured at the Preview Night that excited me. Two talented young people went out on stage and made the audience laugh. Like Laurel and Hardy, this up-and-coming playwright and clearly his acting soul mate used their two minutes to show a simply contest of personalities. Type-A neurotic organizer meets shy eccentric, and alternative and two minutes that followed were so simply funny that I could not wait to see their show A Room of Wolves.
No matter how much I willed it to be so, A Room of Wolves is not the show from the Preview. There is nothing simple about this play – it’s not so much complicated as extremely cluttered with characters, philosophy, an unwieldy plot, pop culture references, set pieces, and underwritten jokes.
However, despite all of this, despite its many failures A Room of Wolves hides inside those doors two performers whose instincts on stage delight and entertain, as they did at the Preview. In the future, I hope Gregory-Yves Fénélon and Heidi Spicer allow themselves enough room to breath when on stage together.
The set pieces, script conceits, and having to speak to other characters limited the comedic potential for these two. This is certainly not to suggest that the other actors were poor. One of them, whose name regrettably I do not have (please provide programs), who played a Christian Conservative hypocrite gave some of the best silent “comedy” reactions. Reactions in comedies are often histrionic and ham-fisted but this girl was able to get laughs and be natural. It was impressive.
Gregory-Yves and Heidi will no doubt go on to be in some truly incredible Fringe shows. A Room of Wolves is just our opportunity to see them in preview, see them in action, and to dream of the day when they give themselves the stage and make us laugh.
A Room of Wolves is playing at BYOV A – The Courtroom, 2 Daly Avenue, on Monday, June 20 at 7 p.m.; Wednesday, June 22 at 10:30 p.m.; Thursday, June 23 at 5:30 p.m.; Friday, June 24 at 10 p.m.; Saturday, June 25 at 5 p.m., and Sunday, June 26 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $12.