B Side Record Play

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matt gorman

Cart/Horse Theatre from Toronto brings B Side Record Play, a beautiful and short exploration of love and loneliness by Arlin Dixon to the Atlantic Fringe Festival.

A young recluse sits with a record player examining the happenchance correspondence that allowed his life to collide with an eccentric lady named Olithea, who has taken to telephoning people at random and pouring out her life story at them. Olithea communicates best in stream of consciousness, while our protagonist prefers to express himself in writing. Yet, despite their differences, these two unlikely people manage to make a connection with one another.

The play is more poetic imagery and metaphor than straightforward narrative. Matt Gorman plays the protagonist with a distinct intellectualism and erratic, yet affable, charm that makes the play reminiscent of a Woody Allen film.

Ultimately B Side Record Play seems to suggest that even when we feel the most ostracized, the most lost and alienated from the world and from ourselves, that the opportunity for kindness and human connection exists, even in the most random and surprising of circumstances. It is for this that we have a reason for hope.

TWISI Rating: 4 and a half stars

B Side Record Play plays at the Theatre Nova Scotia Living Room (2353 Agricola Street) as part of the Atlantic Fringe Festival at the following times:

September 2 @ 7:10 PM
September 3 @ 6:15 PM & 9:10 PM
September 4 @ 8:10 PM
September 5 @ 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM

Tickets are $5.00 and are available in advance online at this website or 30 minutes before each show at the venue on the day of the performance. All tickets bought in person must be purchased with either cash or credit. For more information please visit this website or call 902.422.7604 between 10:00am and 5:00pm. 

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