Exposure (Theatre Symbiosis) 2011 Toronto Fringe Review

Exposure is a play that contains two simultaneous stories set in different times with very different people. A young girl and her father are in the 1940s, and a young couple are in present day.

Exposure provides an interesting light on the way that photography has changed, but also the ways it has remained the same in our lives.

The execution of this concept is straightforward. All the characters are very believable, at times I think a little too much. It is interesting to watch the two stories grow together, and the unforeseen similarities that they share.

The play leaves you thinking about what photography can mean to different people that view it, the photographer, and the rest of the world. These are interesting points that I feel are appropriate for any of the arts.

The transitions between the stories back and forth are poor in execution although interesting in concept. There are a few moments when the transitions seem forced. The actors seem to be uncomfortable doing tableaus.

The set is simple, much like the rest of the play – nothing too exciting to make a lasting impression. The photos are appropriate to the content of the story but they don’t provide much else.

Exposure is a play that presents its point very clearly. I feel like it focusses more on the art of photography, there is nothing compelling in terms of the art of theatre. It is certainly a show where you can easily be taken on a ride, and leave with a message.

Details:

Exposure is playing at Tarragon Theatre Extra Space (30 Bridgman Ave.)

Show times:
Sat, July 16 3:30 PM
Sun, July 17 Noon

All individual Fringe tickets are $10 ($5 for FringeKids) at the door (cash only).
Advance tickets are $11, available online at www.fringetoronto.com, by phone at 416-966-1062, in person at The Randolph Centre for the Arts, 736 Bathurst Street

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