Another brilliant two-hander at Toronto Fringe is Erin Norah Thompson Entertainment and V.TAV Productions’ Meet Cute, written by Thompson, and directed by (in order of scene appearance) Ria Tienhaara, Julie Cohn and Adrianna Prosser – running at the Annex Theatre.
It’s a boy-meets-girl story, but differs in the telling, as we see the same scene played out in three very different ways (each with its own director).
Starring Thompson and Jesse Bond, each get to play the aggressor and the object of desire, and an adorably awkward unfolding of mutual affection. (And I’m not telling you anything that isn’t in the Fringe program.) Behaviour and communication are perceived in very different ways – good intentions or otherwise – depending on how these are received. This would be a great workshop piece on issues of consent for high school and post-secondary students.
Excellent work from Thompson and Bond, playing very different versions of their characters in each scene – and finding that line between creepy and endearing.
A guy and a girl meet at a bus stop in three remarkably different variations of the same script in the entertaining and thoughtful Meet Cute.
Meet Cute has two more performances at the Annex: July 10 at 4:00 p.m. and July 11 at 2:15 p.m. If you haven’t booked in advance, I’d advise getting to the venue early.