The List

A Nightwood Production of a play originally written in French by Jennifer Tremblay.

Allegra Fulton plays The Woman, who is obessessed by her list making and convinced that she has contributed to the death of her friend by not doing the task on her list. It is a fascinating portrait of a woman wrapped up in her image of herself and her concern that life conform to her picture of the ideal. Things must be done correctly, whether they make sense or not. So faced with a woman who is relaxed with herself and happy with her life – a life that does not conform to the woman’s ideas of proper behaviour, she is initially uncomfortable, then condescending and finally charmed. But she still clings to her ideas of the proper way to do things, misses doing one thing and now is devastated by guilt.

The play is hard to watch and fascinating at the same time. We have all had moments of guilt about thoughts we have had and things we have or haven’t done.
But most of us are able to move on and forget. The Woman is stuck.

Allegra Fulton delivers an outstanding performance – she is just one character but in her we see her friend her husband, her children and the whole community around her.


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 The List

  1. Keith says:

    Hmm.Cathy liked this play a lot more than me, but I cannot disagree with anything she said in her post.The people in front of us, who had read the play before they came, wondered if it shouldn't have been done as a radio play. It certainly could be. Fulton's visual performance certainly added to the production, but I think her vocal performance could have carried it alone; there would be some loss, but the core of the play would still come through.I think my problem was a lack of attention span. It was clear early on where the play was going and I lost interest in the iterations that took us finally to the end.I guess a good play, just not for me. Good production, though.

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