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.