Mercury (Monster Feelings) 2013 Toronto Fringe Review

While sitting in the George Ignatiff Theatre, I was taken through an exploration of mercury’s various forms, from the planet and the element to the Roman God and the rock star. Everyone has a different notion of what exactly it is: I thought about the planet while my show buddy thought of Freddy Mercury. The creators of Mercury, Monster Feelings, played with all of these different interpretations. The show consisted of eight different vignettes each dedicated to a different aspect of mercury.

At times these segments’ relationship to the main theme was obvious while at other times it was a bit hazy. For the most part the sections related to each other nicely but there were a few rough transitions, when the dancing broke completely from the tone of the work. Throughout the show there was one constant, one character who was being lead through each of these different interpretations. This nameless character played his part well, being lead and transformed by what he was being shown.

After a slow start I felt like I had been transported to the moon or maybe even to Pluto. With the cool lighting and the quiet sounds the atmosphere was slow and heavy, despite the dancers working their proverbial buns off.

The sound, or lack thereof, made itself felt. There were times when the silence was appropriate. There were times when the only sound was the dancers, their breathing, their voices and the stomping of their feet carrying the show. At other times the muffled beat of a potential pop song just needed to be louder. Using phrases like “known for being a rock star” and “hail Mercury” I expected a rock experience, loud music, aggressive movement and all.

Details:

Mercury is playing at the George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Place)

Performances

July 03 07:00 PM
July 06 03:30 PM
July 07 06:30 PM
July 10 02:15 PM
July 12 11:00 PM
July 13 02:15 PM
July 14 12:00 PM

Tickets

  • Individual Fringe tickets are available at the door for $10 ($5 for FringeKids), cash only. Late comers will not be permitted.
  • Advance tickets are $11 ($9 + $2 service charge) are available online at fringetoronto.com, by phone at 416-966-1062 ext 1, or in person during the festival at the Festival Box Office in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s (581 Bloor St W).
  • Value packs are available if you plan to see at least 5 shows
  • Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating during the Toronto Fringe Festival.