FUNNY, TROUBLING AND ENLIGHTING
The biting reality surrounding post nuptial existence is that no matter how two individuals position themselves in the beginning, two totally different persons come out the other end when impulsive strain rears its ugly head. What better way to stage this than with set design simplicity in the Young Centre’s intimate studio space to illustrate that fast exits are never an option.
It’s an amusing collection of idiosyncratic moments that’s not so much a story than it is comical episodes of what happens when newly wedded bliss unexpectedly transforms into the marital blahs. The production is funny, troubling, and enlightening all within the confines of a union impaired ring.
Giggle troupers Gregory Prest and Raquel Dufy juggle the material cautiously so not let the play’s clown roots wobble throughout the emotional and physical exaggeration.
And with creator Leah Cherniak on board to direct the art of indifference the staging proves that snipe silly friction comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Absurdity’s dense walls have been pushed out considerably since a framework like this one was constructed a quarter of a century ago. Still, The Anger In Ernest and Ernestine’s awkward truthiness leaves much to be said about modern day relationships.
Review by Steven Berketo
THE ANGER IN ERNEST AND ERNESTINE by Leah Cherniak, Robert Morgan and Marth Ross February 1 – 20, 2016 YOUNG CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, 50 Tank House Lane, Toronto TICKETS $25.00 – $50.00 www.soulpepper.ca 416-866-8666 CAST Gregory Prest and Raquel Duffy DIRECTOR Leah Cherniak ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster SET & COSTUMES Shannon Lea Doyle LIGHTING Ken MacKenzie COMPOSER Thomas Ryder Payne ALEXANDER COACH Kelly McEvenue STAGE MANAGER Robert Harding