Company: The 28th Minute, Winnipeg, MB
Venue: 4 - Alloway Hall (Manitoba Museum)
This stylish stage adaptation of the Hitchcock film is not just Fringe gold – it’s among the best pieces of theatre I’ve seen on any Winnipeg stage in recent years.
This stylish stage adaptation of the Hitchcock film is not just Fringe gold - it's among the best pieces of theatre I've seen on any Winnipeg stage in recent years.
Brandon and Phillip (played by Joshua Banman and Kevin Ramberran) are two privileged young men who calmly murder their friend David, stow his body in a chest in the living room, and then throw a dinner party (whose guests include David's father and girlfriend) - just to see if they can get away with it.
Under the extraordinary directorship of Thomas Toles, every aspect of this production is meticulously crafted, from the staging to the props, costumes, and diction. Pace is crucial to this story, and Toles builds the tension slowly and inexorably.
The actors inhabit the characters so deeply that the audience not only believes in this world, but understands that there's a whole other narrative (the real plot) that exists beneath the dialogue, in the body language and glances between the characters - even in the specific ways that each of them eat their dinner, side by side on the couch.
Darcy Fehr, as the boys' sardonic and idolized former teacher, gives a truly remarkable performance, and Talia Pura is bright and energetic as David's enthusiastic aunt. Joshua Banman plays a charming, remorseless , and misguided sociopath with incredible depth, control, and vulnerability; the transformations on his face in the final moments of the play are indelible images.
If you like Hitchcock and '40s films, go see this play. If you like American Psycho
and morally bankrupt preppies, go see this play. If you want to see meticulously crafted and utterly believable theatre, go see this play. Just... go see this play. You won't regret it.