by Michelle Barker
The brilliant Darrah Teitel has created an incredible play based on what these four young people might have experienced and done while writing the masterpieces for which they came to be known. The Apology, currently playing at Factory Theatre, isn’t an historical account of their time in Switzerland, but it’s definitely engaging and definitely sexy.
For the duration of the play, 18-year-old Mary Wollstencraft-Godwin is writing her masterpiece, Frankenstein. Since Mary’s father was one of the first proponents of anarchism and her mother was a feminist writer, both themes play important roles in The Apology. But those aren’t the only topics explored; the characters become tangled in themes of politics, polyamory, monsters, utopia, maternity, and, of course, sex.
Director Audrey Dwyer seems the perfect match for Teitel’s intelligent writing. Some incredible and profoundly moving moments take place between the well-executed comedic exchanges. The absurdly beautiful and absurdly talented women of the piece, Kaitlyn Riordan and Sascha Cole, gave some of the most captivating performances that I’ve seen onstage in quite some time.
Sound design by Thomas Ryder-Payne is worth noting; the choice to use instrumental, string versions of Lady Gaga hits during transitions provided a comical modern element to the piece. The brilliant Kimberly Purtell provided the amazingly emotive lighting design for which she is known.
While you might want to leave the kids at home for this one (adult themes and nudity are prevalent throughout the 75-minute show), you must see The Apology before it closes at the Next Stage Theatre Festival. It’s smart, it’s funny, it’s sexy, and the cast is incredible. What’s not to love?
–The Apology is part of The Next Stage Theatre Festival and is playing at the Factory Theatre Studio Space at the corner of Bathurst and Adelaide.
-The show runs for 75 minutes with no intermission
-Tickets are $12 to $15. There are also packages available.
-Tickets can be purchased online, by phone – 416-966-1062 or 1-866-515-7799, or at the box office inside the heated McAusland Beer Tent at Factory Theatre
–The Apology runs until January 16, 2011.
Photo of Kaitlyn Riordan, Brendan McMurty-Howlett, Sascha Cole, and David Beazely