Fringe 2017 – – A Quiet Place - Review by GRAHAM HICKS

A Quiet Place 

Blarney Productions

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

Blarney Productions

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 ….