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FRINGE REVIEW: echoing legends in a modern context

Between humor and drama, everyone was rooting for Echo and Narcissus

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Stage 19, Lumos Dental Stage (9562 82 Ave.)

This is a modern reimagining of the ancient Greek myths Echo and Narcissus. While his two millennial romances are superficially thoughtful, returning playwright Cole has more to consider, thanks to his Dunford and his A Front Company in Toronto.

Isabelle Ellis (Echo) and Tom Shoshani (Narcissus) shine in this relationship story with their intricate writing, fast pace, and good chemistry. As you take turns confessing, you will often recall your partner’s past lines, but pay attention to switching from past quotes to your present self. Are they too similar to admit?

From love at first sight at the club, to first date, to Uber ride home, to having sex, first argument, living together, psychedelic drug trips, suspicions, long-term consequences in less than a year. It’s a whirlwind romance all the way through. Purchasing a bar called The Reflecting Pool feels ancient tragic plans resurface, but with a twist in the ending.

It has been said many times that artists are selfish and narcissistic, and that there is a difference between love and enthusiasm. Is one of them just a reflection of the other? Can they survive each other? What will happen to his “big picture” and her dog?

Between humor and drama, everyone was rooting for them.

FRINGE REVIEW: echoing legends in a modern context

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