Last night, I went to the theatre alone. It seemed appropriate, since the title of the show I was seeing is: The Art of Being Alone. I've never minded going out by myself but, as I sat and watched this play, I kept thinking it was a shame I wasn't able to bring a whole gaggle of friends, because I know they would all have loved it. Luckily for you readers/friends/internet strangers, last night was only the opening of this hilarious and heartwarming production. There are plenty more chances to catch this show throughout the week. Just make sure you don't go alone, because you're guaranteed to think of at least ten other people you should have brought who wouldn't want to miss this play.
The Art of Being Alone is a one man show written and performed by Stephane Garneau-Monten and directed by Isaac Robinson who, together with producing director Eric Chad, form the indie Moose + Moa Theatre Company.
I know from experience how hard it is to launch a production as an independent artist with very limited resources, manpower, and money. Despite those challenges, Moose + Moa created a professional level production with some of the best lighting and sound I've seen in a long time. The lighting by Jeremy Powell and music, including an original song written by Garneau-Monten, acted as second and third characters in the piece. They were integrated into the production artistically and used to their full potential to round out the scene and support the only actor on stage.
Stephane shares his story of soul-crushing heartbreak and depression with humour, honesty, and a healthy dose of self-reflection. As an exploration of solitude, this is one play that works perfectly with just one lone performer. Stephane's larger than life performance fills the room and glides seamlessly through his personifications of different facets of his psyche. A lively cast of characters dance in and out of the story but, for the most part, they are all different sides of the same man. This stylistic choice really drove home what was, for me, one of the play's main themes: You're never really alone when you're with yourself. The real question though, is how to live with all those different people who share the space inside your head. And to find out how to do that, you'll have to go and see the play yourself!
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For tickets click here.