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May 16, 2009

Fear of Flight

Eye Weekly

The performance spectacle Fear of Flight from Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland with the help of Die in Debt and Cahoots Theatre finally lands in Toronto after its 2005 premiere in Corner Brook. The subject matter, a satire of the discomforts of air travel, is at least as old as Shelley Berman’s “Airlines” routine of 1959 and the structure, a glimpse into the personal lives of each of the passengers, goes back to the 1970s Airport movies. Nevertheless, every aspect of the performance — every monologue, gesture and facial expression — has been so tightly choreographed to the accompanying music that whole experience is much more than the sum of the parts.

The speeches and action are precisely timed to Jonathan Monro’s highly inventive, a cappella score, beautifully sung by the cast, that sounds like a cross between early Philip Glass and the Swingle Singers. The human-made sound effects include engine hum, air nozzle whoosh and turbulence. Director Jillian Keiley’s achievement of absolute simultaneity of movement among the cast is a marvel. For its sheer theatricality this is one flight you’re sure to enjoy. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at May 16, 2009 12:00 AM

Comments

Great show, I recommend it

Posted by: ian winderam at July 1, 2009 7:57 AM

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