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The Aleph

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Reviewed by Paula Citron

The Aleph
Soulpepper
Written by Daniel Brooks and Diego Matamoros
Directed by Daniel Brooks
Performed by Diego Matamoros
Young Centre
Run began May 13 and continues in repertoire

Director Daniel Brooks and actor Diego Matamoros have co-written the intriguing new play, The Aleph, adapted from a short story by Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986).

Aleph, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, is also a mathematical term, and a mystical concept in the Kabala.

Borges, however, transformed the Aleph into something greater. In his story, the Aleph is a particular point in space, and when gazing into the Aleph, one can see everything that is happening in the universe simultaneously.

What is utterly fascinating is how Brooks and Matamoros use the Borges story. The duo makes Matamoros the chief protagonist by rendering the happenings as autobiography.

Matamoros, as usual, is divine, showing just the right touch of wry humour. Brooks has cleverly directed from the less is more school. Michael Levine’s set is full of metaphorical surprises.

This production is sophisticated and provocative. It is a very rich theatrical experience.

The Aleph continues in repertoire at the Young Centre.

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