A Beautiful View: Excellent chemistry

A Beautiful View
Troupe Name: Arcana Theatre
Troupe Origin: London, ON
Playwright: Daniel MacIvor
Directed by: Damon Muma
Featuring: Meghan Brown and Valerie Cotic
Warnings: Coarse language
Audience: 14+
Venue: Fanshawe Theatre
Show Length: 60min
Sun., June 9 - 7:30 p.m., Tues., June 11 - 7:30 p.m., Thurs., June 13 - 9:30 p.m., Fri., June 14 - 5:30 p.m., Sun., June 16 - 6:30 p.m.

Two women relive the beauties and confusions of a relationship that resists being labeled. A chance meeting, a seduction, a deep friendship, the Halloween party. MacIvor's Governor General's Award winning play is tender, hilarious and sad — an intimate celebration of life, with its flaws and awkwardness held proudly intact.

A chance meeting in a camping store changes the lives of these two ladies as they discover they have much in common. The biggest thing being how they are both liars. A relationship that started with lies from both parties can only be an omen for a rocky relationship. Indeed it is.

I really enjoyed how this play was performed. Soon enough, you realize that the actresses are telling a story and re-enacting something that took place many years before. I kept wondering if this served the plot in any way, and it does. I do not want to spoil the story for those who have never seen this, so I won't say why. All I will say is that it takes very good actors to deliver this in an interesting way and still make the narration and acting believable.

Cotic and Brown have excellent chemistry together; the relationship completely believable.

The ending of this piece surprised me, and strengthened the initial bad luck premise of starting a relationship with lies. Their relationship was cursed from the beginning.

See this excellent show, I highly recommend it.

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Lisa DesGroseilliers is currently stage managing for A Different Drummer at this year's Fringe. Lisa also operates and designs sound for theatre. By day she is a project specialist and technical writer for Citi Cards Canada.

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