Fringe review: Flooded: A Show and Sail Around the Toronto Islands

FLOODED: A SHOW AND SAIL AROUND THE TORONTO ISLANDS by the company (NorthAmerica). At Pirate Life Boat Toronto (333 Lake.


FLOODED: A SHOW AND SAIL AROUND THE TORONTO ISLANDS by the company (NorthAmerica). At Pirate Life Boat Toronto (333 Lake Shore East). July 5-15 at 7 pm. See listing. Rating: NNN

The premise of Flooded a show that takes place on a boat that cruises around Torontos inner harbour for an hour may sound like a bargain and fun for the whole family. But youll want to leave the kids at home for this high lakes adventure, because NorthAmericas performance piece is a sensual (and in this heat, sweaty) encounter.

Once the boat had slipped its berth, Ara Glenn-Johanson (the shows director, filling in for an absent Nicole Wilson on the show I saw) started with a short song. The rest of the show was either performed in (thankfully brief) gibberish, or grunts and exhalations, as the four performers worked through some base impulses on the main deck impulses like lust, anger and envy.

Some of these physical theatre sequences, such as when a limber Melanie Leon clung five feet up the mast, or then found increasingly intimate ways to cling to a stoic Duncan Rowe, were enthralling others, such as a message in a bottle bit, felt like unfulfilled sketch premises sans verbal dialogue.

But if your attention is drawn to the city skyline rather than the barely clad casts antics, thats alright. As Hayden Finkelshtain told us in the shows introduction, This is your sail,” and we the audience could pay heed to only what spoke to us without words.

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