Wunderdog Theatre’s production of Dear Elizabeth is a touching portrayal of the 30-year pen-pal friendship between two poets – Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. The script consists entirely of quotes from the letters exchanged between them. The rare moments when the two do meet in real life are very short and staged in silence. It made me wonder what was left unsaid in their relationship, in real life and in the curated selection of letters presented in the play. What was crystal clear though, was the admiration, support, and love these two had for one another. Alexis Kellum-Creer’s performance as Elizabeth and Anthony Santiago’s as Robert achieved a level of emotional eloquence and complexity that really brought these letters to life.
PS – Sonja’s musings in light of seeing this play:
~ reviewed by Sonja Cvoric
Spanning three generations in a haunted drug trip of a story, this show was more psychedelic than I had anticipated. We got to see the past and future interact with each other in unusual ways.
Auguries of Innocence held two main highlights in my mind- the original music by Meshe Mooette was familiar in words penned by Blake himself and haunting in melody, the other highlight was in the portrayal of the male protagonist. The actor expertly delivered a physically demanding performance with precision and apparent comfort while acting out various stages of sobriety.
Auguries of Innocence by Urthona Vancouver is playing at the Cultch Historic 6 - 16 September as part of the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival.
~ reviewed by Annina Engelbrecht
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