Cranbourne

Meet an ordinary dude from an ordinary little corner of Québec, and watch his extraordinarily idiotic friends ruin his life.

7 thoughts on “Cranbourne

  1. We saw the final performance of Cranbourne which was a shame because we were unable to recommend it to friends and family. If this is a traveling show, and you are in another city reading reviews, don’t believe the few negative comments. Great play, great acting…wish it had been in a bigger and better air conditioned venue.

  2. WOW! Amazing performance. I’m adding him to my list of must-see for future shows. Had me fully engaged for the 75 minutes. There’s only one other Fringe actor I’ve felt this way about and his initials include TJ. I saw this on the 21st. Not a play for everyone, though, if you get offended by shocking language and may have trouble seeing past the words to understand the underlying purpose, this character, his background, his thoughts and where they come from. I don’t want to give away any hints so you just need to see it. Like another reviewer emphasized, it is not autobiographical – though he does it so well that it’s hard to make that distinction.

  3. Loved this play. Brilliant acting, a real stand-out performance at this year’s Fringe. Filled with laughter, shock, and a glimpse into the lives of real characters. Take a chance!!

    (If you’re offended by coarse language or hearing opinions that might not be in line with your own then this may not be the show for you. But I’d see it as a real disappointment to miss out on this incredible gem.)

  4. This show provides a brutally honest look into life in dead-end rural Quebec. The characters portrayed are at once humorous, revolting and sympathetic but sadly recognizable to anyone who has spend time in small towns. This show portrays the lives of people who don’t get on the stage of your typical bourgeois threatre. I’d love to see more from this Quebec playwright. John Lachlan Stewart is a brilliant actor.

  5. In the final paragraph of his review Winnipeg Free Press writer Kevin Prokosh says “Montreal’s Jon Lachlan Stewart gives a grand caffeinated performance as if he followed his character’s preference for downing a four-pack of Red Bull. He holds the audience enthralled, whether in disgust at what they are hearing or empathy.”
    This is so very, very true. I was an audience member who was in disgust of what I was hearing. I had read that this show was a “black comedy” and that the writer had done Governor General award winning work.
    This piece was what I would consider to be blue comedy. Jon Lachlan Stewart’s reprisal of the colloquialisms of rural Quebecois masculinity were very well done, however I’m pretty sure that the Governor General would quickly be ushered away from this show.

  6. Just to balance the scales, I was at the same performance of Cranbourne today and I’m not sure why fudgeos perceived the audience around him as not enjoying it. My experience was being surrounded by an audience that enjoyed and was engaged by the show very much, including myself. It is a black comedy, so there is certainly some dark material. But it is a play, not an autobiographical piece; a play featuring a character with ignorant or racist leanings does not make the play itself racist. I found Cranbourne to be very powerful, and highly recommend checking it out. How wild that two people in the same audience can have such vastly different experiences of a show; I love the Fringe.

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