reviewed by Paula Citron
You Fancy Yourself
Theatre Passe Muraille/Contrary Company
Written and performed by Maja Ardal
Directed by Mary Francis Moore
At Theatre Passe Muraille until Feb. 14.
Maja Ardal has written a charming one-woman play in You Fancy Yourself based on her own youthful experiences. The adventures and misadventures of the protagonist Elsa are a thinly veiled disguise of Ardal’s own coming of age. When she was 8, Ardal’s family moved from Iceland to Scotland, and it was culture shock writ large.
The play follows Elsa from age 8 to age 11, and it is a very daring actress whose role is confined to that of a child, but Ardal is absolutely captivating. She also plays a multitude of other characters, both old and young, who figure into Elsa’s life. What is so delightful is that Elsa is not perfect. In fact, as the title You Fancy Yourself indicates, Elsa has dreams of grandeur. She also has an immense imagination that Ardal expresses in near poetic form.
Mary Francis Moore’s direction captures Elsa’s exuberance to perfection.
You Fancy Yourself continues at Theatre Passe Muraille until Feb. 14.