I did not expect to be entertained by a 15 minute play in a shed, but, thankfully, life consistently surprises me! Red Bedroom Theatre’s production of Adam in the Alleyplays venue at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival, is a sharp exchange between two characters performed by two up-and-coming performers.
I should mention that I particularly enjoy performances that challenge traditional notions of the ‘stage’ and the audience/viewer boundary, and I kind of get off on that feeling of chaos when my brain is asking: what… is happening right now?!
If you’re not into these types of challenges then this may not be your bag. I sincerely did enjoy myself though so I recommend you to give this one a shot, and just go with it. It’s a production that is bridging performance art with theatre. You will be given seemingly disparate props to hold and then asked to enter a small shed and stand within inches of two scantily clad women.
What you will bear witness to is the character of Eve (played by Kayla Childs) and Adam’s first, condemned partner Lilith(played by Alexandra Augustine) square off in a 15 minute banter. I think that the contemporary analysis of the Adam, Eve, and Lilith dynamic is kind of well-trodden territory but I think these two have written fresh dialogue, and I felt there were really effective exchanges between the two.
These two performers are up-and-comers to watch. I was maybe one foot away from Childs’ face the entire performance and she didn’t break character once. I was little further away from Augustine (maybe five feet), but she held her own as well in such an intimate setting. So, I don’t mean to judge your life, but I know you have 15 minutes. Why don’t get yourself down to this shed and see two strong performers hash out some ancient affairs?
- Adam is playing at the shed in The Alleyways (581 Bloor Street West.)
- July 04 09:00 PM
July 04 09:45 PM
July 05 07:00 PM
July 05 07:45 PM
July 07 02:30 PM
July 07 03:15 PM
July 08 09:00 PM
July 08 09:45 PM
July 09 07:00 PM
July 09 07:45 PM
July 10 03:30 PM
July 10 04:15 PM
July 11 07:00 PM
July 11 07:45 PM
July 12 09:00 PM
July 12 09:45 PM
July 13 09:00 PM
July 13 09:45 PM
July 14 03:15 PM
- All individual Fringe tickets are 10$ ($5 for FringeKids) at the door (cash only) and go on sale one hour before showtime. 50% of tickets are available in advance and are $11 ($9+$2 service charge), these can be purchased online at www.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.
Photo provided by the Theatre company.