Jenna: I know I’ve said in part 1 that I want theatre to take me places I don’t necessarily want to go but… I don’t want the plays that do that to be pretentious. Edmonton has got a great theatre scene, especially given the city’s size. And one of the great things about having several plays happening at any given time, is that the theatre scene is accessible to anyone – regardless of their education or previous experience with theatre. However, there were a couple of plays that I found a bit too pretentious for our burgeoning theatre scene. First, although Othello was really well done by the Free Will Players, I found that some actors seemed to use an accent – I’m not sure what kind of accent – that made them seem more “high brow” (mainly lead actors Mark Meer and Belinda Cornish). However, these accents disappeared the following night during Twelfth Night. When you’re doing a Shakespeare play, you don’t need to add an extra layer of pretentiousness, the fact that the audience is attending a Shakespearean play is enough. Another example is Hroses. Although Ana enjoyed trying to figure it out, I didn’t, because I didn’t understand it, and I didn’t even know where to begin to start understanding it. I’m 100% okay with ambiguity in plays (Judith, at this year’s Fringe, for example), but the story has to be at least accessible enough that the audience doesn’t feel completely lost.
Ana: I must clarify, I did not enjoy Hroses. I just don’t know how to feel about it. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy the occasional deep and meaningful phrase, but the play was too weird, too modern perhaps, for me. I may even say too advanced – I am reluctant to say the play was bad just because I had problems understanding it, but let’s just say I wouldn’t see it twice.
- Ana Miranda and Jenna Marynowski