Rather than The Unplugging, a more apt title would have been The Unravelling. The characters seem to skim the surface and so the actors have little to work with.
It just stops, a totally different thing. I just wish the play and production were better. It is this dystopic setting that forms the background for the central narrative: They can save them with their knowledge. Would you have any idea how to survive for more than a couple of days in the cold?
The Unplugging is a play, after all, that seems to be concerned about bringing the stories of Aboriginal women to centre stage. He tells them he has left the community in disgust over its leadership. The simple community of two that Elena and Bern have created for themselves might be in jeopardy until Seamus makes them an offer they find intriguing.
She teaches Bern as well, whose only longing is for sex. For me, this is jarring. When the two woman find shelter mercifully the noise stops.
What ideas did it play with? Fulton, as Bernadette, gave a The unplugging written by yvette nolan performance, even though she did not always manage to convey a range of emotions. Well, there is the excessive dependence on technology in the modern era; the destruction of the environment; the obsession with consumerism; the conflict between the aspirations of the individual and the community; the treatment and perception of elderly women as undesirable and useless; the ongoing oppression of Indigenous women; and the forgetting of Indigenous knowledges.
This play, which is based on an Athabascan legend, raises some important and timely questions — cultural, social and environmental.
It offers an aboriginal — and feminist — perspective on how the lessons of the past can help us survive an uncertain future. Even if timely, this production felt stale. Belshaw does suggest concern when Seamus says that people in their community are starving and dying from disease.
Romeo Candido has created the sound of howling, whistling wind. Also on stage Bull gets a much slicker presentation at the Coal Mine, an intimate new venue located under a pizza joint on the Danforth. They get into it pretty quickly. Factory Theatre and Native Earth present: They can shift the power from the men who know nothing to these women who can save them.
I just wish the wisdom had been wrapped in a more dynamic package, rather than coming off as something that might have felt more at home in a school gym. In Bull, Bartlett locks three employees in a room to compete over two jobs — a situation familiar from television.
When Seamus appears one would have expected some kind of shifting of power, a heightening of suspense, but again, with little help from the text and from the direction there is no sense of danger or intrigue. The back drop is white. While the play left me wanting more, I found myself feeling very uncomfortable when I learned that the actors playing the parts of Elena and Bern were not Indigenous.
Kelly Nestruck on Twitter nestruck. She wanted the best actors for the part with out confining them to the ethnicity of the parts. The ground looks like a wide expanse of snow with ridges of snow that suggest the abandoned shelter Elena and Bern find on their journey.
What especially amazed me about the performance was that the actors never went off stage to change their costumes; instead, they removed layers of clothing on the stage itself.
There seems to be too much dead air, pauses for no reason resulting in a slow pace. There is a twist in the story but just seems unsatisfying and not fleshed out enough.
But for as long as there have been girlfriends, there have been men who come between them. Clare Preuss provides movement that has echoes of Aboriginal dance or stylized physical expression.
We do learn from Seamus that the community they left is run by men. Two old women, Elena and Bern, have been banished from their community into the wilderness because they were not useful, past child-bearing age.Unplugging in the fall of The things that scared me then, that drove me to Nina Lee Aquino Yvette Nolan Alex Punzalan Clare Preuss THE COMPANY.
Ric Knowles BIOGRAPHIES UMED AMIN, Seamus. and has written her second play, Every Letter Counts (World Premiere. Author Yvette Nolan and director Nina Lee Aquino decided to find their ideal cast for Factory Theatre/Native Earth production, regardless of race.
The UnpluggingReviewer's Ratinghe Unplugging, written by Algonquin playwright Yvette Nolan, is not a play driven by action. It’s about dialogue. Most importantly, it’s theatre that makes us think.
Written by Yvette Nolan On Stage at Factory March 14 – April 5, In an instant, electricity all over the world stops flowing and humanity is left in the dark. Review: THE UNPLUGGING. by Lynn on March 22, in The Passionate Playgoer. At Factory Theatre, Toronto, Ont. Written by Yvette Nolan Directed by Nina Lee Aquino Set by Camellia Koo Costumes by Joanna Yu Yvette Nolan got her idea for The Unplugging from an Athabaskan story.
Oct 19, · 2 out of 4 stars. Title The Unplugging Written by Yvette Nolan Directed by Lois Anderson Actors Jenn Griffin, Margo Kane, Anton Lipovetsky Venue Arts Club Revue Stage2/5.Download