Reviews - Fringe 2009

I'll Always Be There To Kill You (Je serai toujours la pour te tuer)

By Judith Sandiford
Published July 20, 2009

This play, by Sophie Tonneau, premiered in Paris in 2007, is a puzzler: it feels like a assigned exercise in What if. The play's premise - a woman hires a man to kill her because she no longer wants to live - is a slight idea that doesn't have anywhere much to go.

She could change her mind, he could change his mind. You get the options and it doesn't take a full play to explore them.

The current production, in an English translation by Genevieve Trilling (also the Woman), is nicely presented. I liked the set by Dominic Manca, clever, transformable, and well-executed, especially for a Fringe show.

Christian Smith (as the Man, English version) is a solid, believable, likeable actor.

Judith Sandiford is a theatre designer, a visual artist, and Managing Director of Artword Theatre. With partner playwright and director Ronald Weihs, she created and operated a performance facility in Toronto, where, for over 12 years, they created, fostered and presented many original works of theatre and dance. In 2008, Artword relocated to Hamilton where it has just completed its season of four original works with a Hamilton theme. Artword is currently working on its plans for its 2009-2010 season here.

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By BelugaTwo (anonymous) | Posted July 21, 2009 at 20:38:48

Whoa, were we at the same show? I thought this was a charming, clever, and ultimately challenging play that skates the edges between reality and fantasy, seriousness and farce (in the best French sense of the art)!

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