by Michael Spence (Theatre Gargantua). This new play looks at our current era of climate denial, anti-vaxxing campaigns and “alternative facts.” The Wagers exploration was inspired by the real-life story of a 19th-century scientist who accepted a wager to prove that the earth isnt flat. While he irrefutably won the bet, the flat-earthers refused to see the evidence for what it was and proceeded to ruin the scientists life with harassment, lawsuits and death threats.
Previews Nov 14, opens Nov 15 and runs to Nov 30, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm. $22-$35. In the MainSpace. theatregargantua.ca/the-wager
This gonzo exploration into belief couldnt be more zeitgeisty. Unfortunately, this relentlessly paced and performed show is less interested in grappling with the political and economic conditions that allow fake news to thrive than using pithy philosophical arguments to suggest the spread of misinformation can be boiled down to human nature. The layered, multidisciplinary production and the casts range is impressive, but their energy cant obscure the thin premise.
NN (Kevin Ritchie)