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Harbourfront Fresh Ground new works – Robert Chafe’s AfterImage

Harbourfront Fresh Ground new works – Robert Chafe’s AfterImage featured image

reviewed by Paula Citron
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AfterImage
Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland
Harbourfront Fresh Ground new works
Written by Robert Chafe (based on a short story by Michael Crummey)
Directed by Jillian Keiley
Starring Mary Colin Chisholm, Christian Murray, Colin Furlong, Melanie Brooks, Kevin Woolridge, Petrina Bromley, Melanie Caines and Phil Churchill
At the Enwave Theatre until Apr. 26
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If you love imaginative theatre, then AfterImage at Harbourfront is a must see. The company is Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, one of this country’s great theatre hothouses. It happens to be under the helm of director Jillian Keiley, a winner of the prestigious Siminovitch Prize for theatre which amounts to a genius award.

AfterImage is based on a short story by Michael Crummey, adapted by long-time Keiley collaborator Robert Chafe. It is about outsiders. The magnificence of a Keiley production is that they are technically choreographed down to a T, yet never lose their emotional heart.

To underscore the connections metaphor, the stage and the actors are literally electrified, while composer Jonathan Monro has invented walls that act like a giant harp that the actors play to create the music. The cast is first-rate, although I wish some of the performers spoke louder.

You understand what innovation means when you experience this remarkable production.

AfterImage continues at the Enwave Theatre until Apr. 26.

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