The List – Quartetto Virago

The List (now playing at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival) is a flipbook of responses to the question, ‘What do you look for in a partner?’

I had three favorite responses. One from a young Hindu telling us about her experience with an Internet-dating profile (on which she sets-up a fake set of preferences); one from an ex-pat Scot, married for 40-years, lambasting the lack of compromise the question itself suggests, and; one from a non-descript Canadian that has abandoned the whole notion of “a list” after a bad experience with a married man.

The cultural, generational and emotional dialectic these responses offer with the pop-psychology premise of The List is refreshing.

The significance of The List derives not from the initial task of the playwrights (Sara Beck, Jen Kenneally, Amy Symington, Chloe Ariane Whitehorn, also the cast) but a few unexpected reactions to that task. And this outspoken reversal suggests to me that the Quartetto Virago approach did not truly engage with how women – and men, too (so people generally) – navigate relationships.

The List is playing at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (79A St. George) as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival. Performances continue on Wednesday July 8th at noon, Thursday July 9th at 11:00 p.m., Saturday July 11th at 5:45 p.m., and Sunday July 12th at 1:45 p.m.
– Tickets are $10 at the door
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