Three to Leave
by Sofie Milito, Sadie Laflamme-Snow, Aurel Pressat & Franco Pang
45 min / Drama / PG
The Ottawa Fringe Festival gives new actors, directors, and playwrights an invaluable opportunity to workshop material and develop stage confidence in front of an audience in a public venue. There is a long history of Canterbury High School and University of Ottawa theatre students seizing this opportunity.
Three to Leave is a collaboration between four students and the play explores the act of leaving, the trauma of falling away, and the refuse left over by an act of change. The play grapples with these concepts through intersecting narratives exploring both an individual and group dynamic. The play has a lot of heart and real emotion, the actors are connected to their movements and deliver lines with clear character and authenticity.
This show is a preview of great things to come from talented young performers. The staging work is inspired, the use of triangulation in a play about physical and emotional geography is cleverer than one would expect. The characters are developed clearly and separately, they are all individuals with clear relationships. The dialogue is realistic and at times very sweet.
The play also falls down often. The reliance on monologues, though contributing to the play’s clarity of character is tiresome and an inefficient way of telling this particular story. The innumerable corporate local references were grating. These references are not jokes in themselves and really could have used a set up. The snail story mid-show is an example of the comedic potential this show has – when they set up their jokes with the story the pay off is outstanding.
A drama can be as funny as a comedy without shifting tone completely mid scene, this is something these performers should take away from this show. The philosophical musings about the nature of letting go while shoehorning in metaphor should be completely eliminated and the tech, though innovative for its use of a projector, needed adjustment. Literally. Make the images brighter and in focus.
The ending suffered from a technical malfunction and none of the prerecorded dialogue could be heard. It’s too bad too because the image of the three friends watching themselves on television is powerful given the context of the play itself.
Three to Leave is playing at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave) one more time on Saturday June 17, 2017. Tickets cost $12 online and at the door. Visit ottawafringe.com for the show schedule and box office info. Apt613 is trying to see every show on opening weekend of the 2017 Ottawa Fringe Festival. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.