★★★★ Review

The Places We Go

Performance mixing projected images, recorded audio, acting and shadow puppetry more than the sum of its parts

Performance mixing projected images, recorded audio, acting and shadow puppetry more than the sum of its parts

(UNIT Productions)

Rating: ★★★★

Company: UNIT Productions

Genre: Unclassifiable

Venue: 3 — Pantages Studio

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I've never seen anything like The Places We Go before.

It tells the affecting story of Grace, a girl living in Manila and trying to get money to buy her mom a plane ticket home from Winnipeg for her birthday.

With respect to the experiences of Winnipeg immigrants, however, it isn't the plot that makes this so special, it's the presentation. A "live graphic novel," The Places We Go unfolds on a screen as the performers mix projected images, recorded audio, acting and shadow puppetry on the spot.

Sometimes the sound of flipping acetate threatens to overwhelm the in-show sound, or we can hear the performers whispering instructions to each other, but these are small prices to pay for such a singular theatrical experience and for bearing witness to an artistic endeavor whose result far exceeds the sum of its parts.

A singular theatrical experience and an artistic endeavor whose result far exceeds the sum of its parts. - Kelly Stifora

Billed as 60 minutes, but actually about 35.

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