Fernando Krapp wrote me this letter

Not exactly an enticing title for a play, but in the end it was worth watching. The subtitle is “an attempt at the truth” so I guess you have to consider it from that perspective. Does Fernando Krapp (Ashley Wright) tell the truth all the time? He says so, but does he even know the truth?
Does Julia ( Ngozi Paul) really want to know the truth?
It is clear that The Count (Ryan Hollyman) does not tell the truth and crumbles when forced to face it.
And the Father (Walter Borden) prefers not to know the truth, but generally will tell it when challenged.
So many persectives on the subject – none of which are clear at the time, but occur on reflection. This to me makes it a play worth watching – better than the usual Canadian stage choice. I will watch for other work by Tankred Dorst.
Great staging, lighting and costumes.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Fernando Krapp wrote me this letter

  1. Keith says:

    I am just pleased to see Canadian Stage taking chances!I thought the play was interestingly staged and acted. However, I am not sure the play has really that much in it and it is so stylized that I didn't invest in any of the characters, although Ryan Hollyman's Count was fun to watch.Any way, no complaints, keep taking risks – some will work for me, some not, but it is better than sleeping through the upteenth version of some old chestnut.

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