Reviews - Fringe 2014

Fringe Review: Carbon Copies

By Ryan McGreal
Published July 24, 2014

In Carbon Copies, we peer through the looking-glass into a wonderland composed of slam poetry, R&B, beatboxing and the freeze-frame detritus of contemporary recombinatory culture.

Two friends (Aaron Robertson and Drew Murdoch) are working on a summer project for a photography class in which they plan to develop a found roll of film. Aaron drops into a strange world populated with the subjects of the photos in the roll of film, each one stuck in the timeless moment in which they were photographed.

Cass (Cass Brennan) is a newspaper delivery girl swirling with the memories of sitting around the breakfast table reading the paper with steam rising from her father's cup of coffee.

Devon (Devin Bain) is driving, driving, driving, trying to forget the pain of a lost love. Charles (Charles Manzo) is angry and frightened by the sound of fireworks shooting sideways in his neighbourhood.

Kano (Kano Wilkinson) is a middle-school outfielder getting ready to catch a fly ball. Stephanie (Stephanie Gundert) is looking at an image reflected in the water that only she can see.

Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings this ain't.

Aaron confronts his painful, disappointing transition to adulthood by living in the memories of these other people and seeking out the troubled photographer who captured their moments in time.

This is an intensely powerful, moving performance. The monologues are lyrical and pitch-perfect, the pacing is flawless, the use of lighting and space is highly effective, and the players are fully committed to the reality they create.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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