you are here written and directed by Daniel MacIvor, with Jim Allodi, Marjorie Chan, Caroline Gillis, David Jansen, Allan Hawco, Fiona Highet, Randy Hughson and Ryan McVittie. Presented by da da kamera and Theatre Passe Muraille in the Passe Muraille Mainspace (16 Ryerson). Runs to October 7, Tuesday-Saturday 8 pm, matinee Sunday 2:30 pm. $21-$30, Sunday pwyc. 416-504-7529. Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
smiling nervously, trying to in-gratiate and explain herself to us, celebrity journalist and film producer Alison sits in the spotlight and re-examines her life. Over the next two hours, her memories, insights, hopes and rationalizations fly across the stage in Andy Moro's sharp shafts of light and leave us well, disturbed.Daniel MacIvor's You Are Here traces the map of Alison's relationships in what's effectively a one-woman show, with the excellent Caroline Gillis as the sun around whom the other characters spin. This is a piece that relies heavily on subtext, and Gillis expertly suggests the profundity of the sometimes unspoken dreams and disappointments Alison faces.
Not all the other figures are fleshed out -- this is intentional on MacIvor's part -- but of those who are, there's memorable work by Randy Hughson as a temperamental film director and Fiona Highet as a seemingly bubble-brained actor whose character grows as she sloughs off protective layers.
Best of all are David Jansen as Alison's psychologist husband -- their relationship becomes simultaneously deeply banal and deeply hurting -- and Jim Allodi as the flaky ironist who is, though she's not aware of it, Alison's anchor.
At the end of the first act, I admired MacIvor's skills as writer and director and the work of the actors, but found the material distanced and cool. By the final curtain, drawn into Alison's world and emotions, I realized how unsettled I was. That's a rare and powerful feeling the theatre rarely bestows.theatre reviews