“Georama stars Winnipeg’s Kevin P. Gabel and Mandi Maxwell as best buds at odds over a disagreement that threatens the future of their lifelong friendship. So they turn to the audience to clarify their differing version of events.
The story unfolds in a whirlwind of a show that is bound to move you. The pace is fast and emotions are high. The quick-witted wordplay in Jackie Torrens’ script demands a lot from the actors.
Anger rises early on between the characters, and the intensity does not waver throughout the show. At times, it can feel like it’s been too intense for too long. In fact, at one point the characters acknowledge that they need a break and head offstage, though the break lasts less than a minute.
But both Maxwell and Gabel shine onstage, with strong performances and a command of the swiftly moving dialogue. They have a chemistry between them, and serious acting chops in their own right.”
– Rosie Fernandez, CBC
Given 3 stars, but sure sounds like a ★★★★ star review!
“I get the impression that this is something of a passion project for cast members Kevin P. Gabel and Mandi Maxwell, and I think the passion really works in this piece.”
“In their performance, I sensed a very genuine connection … drawing from real love, hurt feelings, and moments of vulnerability.”
“…It’s great that these two artists found a (relatively) new Canadian piece that spoke to them, and that they could really tap into.”
“…I’ve seen plenty of Fringe shows written, directed, produced, and sometimes starring the same person or small group of people, yielding some not-so-great results. Without knowing what their creative process was, it seems as though Maxwell and Gabel found a highly capable director in Arne MacPherson who was able to help effectively channel their passion for this piece. I think that this small team has managed to walk the really difficult line of creating a piece that speaks to them while maintaining the right amount of distance from it.”
– Sarah Siddiqui
Mooney on Theatre, Toronto
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“Endearing, thought-provoking piece on nature vs. nurture and what privilege means.”
– Chloé Hung
AnOther Theatre Company, Toronto
“Provocative play from the mind of one Jackie Torrens. If you’re out doing fringe type things … check it out.”
– Eddy Boxty
Tickets can be purchased online, or at the door of the Son of Warehouse (140 Rupert Ave) 15 minutes after the start of the previous show.