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Canadian Stage – Tankred Dorst’s Fernando Krapp Wrote Me This Letter: An attempt at the truth

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By Paula Citron

Fernando Krapp Wrote Me This Letter: An attempt at the truth
Canadian Stage
Written by Tankred Dorst
Directed and translated by Matthew Jocelyn
Performed by Ngozi Paul, Ashley Wright, Ryan Hollyman and Walter Borden
Bluma Appel Theatre, Sept. 18 to Oct. 16, 2010

When artistic director Matthew Jocelyn announced his first playbill at Canadian Stage, I thought it had the potential of being the most exciting theatre season in years. The first play, Fernando Krapp Wrote Me This Letter: An attempt at the truth, confirms this.

It’s like the plays you used to see in New York or London before remounted musicals took over. It has challenging ideas. Perfect strangers are standing around arguing about it.

The 1992 play is written by German Tankred Dorst, which in turn is based on a 1920 Spanish novella by Miguel de Unamuno. The insidious plot is about the power struggle between men and women.

Jocelyn has choreographed the detailed stage movement like a farce. Artifice rules. Realism does not exist. The four-member cast are puppets of provocation. Who is strong, and who is weak? That is the question.

Fernando Krapp Wrote Me This Letter: An attempt at the truth continues at the Bluma Appel Theatre until Oct. 16.

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