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The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union

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Reviewed by Paula Citron

The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union
Canadian Stage
Written by David Greig
Directed by Jennifer Tarver
Performed by Tom Barnett, Raoul Bhaneja, Fiona Byrne, David Jansen, Tony Nappo and Sarah Wilson
Bluma Appel Theatre
Apr. 16 to May 14, 2011

Scottish playwright David Greig’s The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union may have an unwieldy title, but an intriguing premise.

Grieg was inspired by Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev who was trapped on the Mir space station for over 300 days when the Soviet Union collapsed. In Grieg’s imagination, two cosmonauts have been abandoned in space for 12 years.

This is a play about communication and loneliness. Each of the linked characters is trying to make contact in some way, to different degrees of success.
Greig is a sophisticated writer, but he may not be for all markets. Cosmonaut is deep. You have to wait for the dots to connect.

Director Jennifer Tarver has created a clean and clear production amid Julie Fox’s gorgeous set evoking the heavens. Unfortunately, despite a strong cast, words are lost, particularly by actor Sarah Wilson.

The Cosmonaut’s Last Message continues at the Bluma Appel Theatre until May 14.

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