Fringe 2017 – Hicksbiz.com – A Quiet Place - Review by GRAHAM HICKS
A Quiet Place
Venue 8, Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre
8426 Gateway Blvd.
Thurs. Aug. 17 – 9:45 p.m.
Fri. Aug. 18 – 11 p.m.
Sun. Aug. 20 – 4.45 p.m.
Mon. Aug. 21 – 12:15 noon
Wed. Aug. 23 – 9:30 p.m.
Sun. Aug. 27 – 8 p.m.
How many stars out of a possible five? I have no idea
Duration 60 min.
I’m not saying A Quiet Place is bad theatre.
Not in the least. It’s probably very, very good theatre.
But I’m part of that Fringe audience that just doesn’t understand/comprehend/grok that style of abstract theatre known as “Theatre of the Absurd”.
A Quiet Place is meant not to make contextual sense … I think.
The show makes no attempt to explain why two men are in an inescapable room, why one starts being bound in a chair and being beat up by the other, why the relationship evolves.
The acting, by Luc Tellier and Braydon Dowler-Coltman, is first-rate. While I couldn’t make head or tail of what was happening or why, I could take some artistic pleasure in the acting itself.
Otherwise … sorry, I just didn’t get it, and I could take no joy in the notion that perhaps I’m not supposed to get it, that I’m supposed to understand this show on some abstract level of existential philosophy.
I think ….