Fringe review: Six Stories, Told At Night

KT Bryski's play blending Quebec folktales and a female friendship narrative is a rollicking, enjoyable show

SIX STORIES, TOLD AT NIGHT by KT Bryski (Gangway! Theatre Co.). At Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace. July 11 at 7:30 pm, July 13 at 3:30 pm, July 15 at 1 pm. See listing. Rating: NNNN

Québécois folklore meets female coming of age story in this new fantasy play by KT Bryski.

Joëlle (Alexandra Milne) and Sam (our narrator, a youthful, emotive Blythe Haynes) have been best friends since childhood, but the older they get, the more distance between them grows. Troubled and brilliant, Joëlle becomes more and more obsessed with folk tales, specifically the land of Faerie. When she suddenly goes missing, it’s up to Sam to journey into the Otherworld to find her.

The piece is interwoven with six different Québécois folk tales that connect to the character’s past, and Bryski seamlessly integrates them into the larger narrative. Milne shines as the moody Joëlle, and her precise gesture work makes her dance between characters seem effortless. Isaiah Kolundzic is entertaining as wily Coyote (and as all the men, whom he plays with gleeful abhorrence). Blair Haynes’s direction deftly keeps the action flowing through numerous stories and settings. Originally a podcast drama, this adaptation makes rollicking, enjoyable show.

While I wish it had been a bit shorter (90 minutes is long for the Fringe), it’s clear that Bryski is a storyteller to watch.

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