Keir Cutler (Teaching Shakespeare) adapts his mother’s award-winning memoir of her summers in the Laurentians in the 1930s.

6 thoughts on “Magnificence

  1. Just finished watching this show! What a beautiful tribute to his mom! I wish I saw this earlier in the Fringe so I could let more people know to see this! Frustrating that a CBC review from an obviously uninformed reviewer likely skewed many people’s decision to see this show. Yes – it talked about an Indigenous woman’s story, but it was told from his mother’s perspective. Anyone with any understanding of reconciliation would see that this play isn’t about a “white man” telling and Indigenous woman’s story – its about relationship and kindness and understanding….. Key principles in reconciliation.

  2. Magnificence is a story within a story. For the most part the delivery was well done but it dragged in places and the repetition of the first sentence in Cutler’s mother’s book didn’t have much effect on me after the third repeat. Still those who enjoy memoir might find it interesting. Personally I found that the build up to the story made me expect something more dramatic than the story itself.

  3. Great show. In my opinion *****. Don’t be misled by rating from CBC and absurd review by Andrew Friesen. It has little to do with the great performance and a good play. In his opinion, stories about other people lives can only be told by the same ethnicity!? What an absolute absurd concept.
    Anna and Tomasz

    • As Anna and Tomasz state above, “do not be misled by rating from CBC and absurd review by Andrew Friesen”. Mr. Friesen seems to think that a white individual should not tell a story that includes a Mohawk woman. Actually, the performer, Keir Cutler, is telling a story about the memoirs of his mother, which includes the Mohawk woman. Ignore the rants of Friesen whose likely leans towards the extreme left in politics and instead read the reviews in the Winnipeg Free Press or those from the Montreal Fringe and Ottawa Fringe where the show was also performed.

      The artists in the show Graceland should hope that Friesen does not review their play. Mr Friesen will likely point out that Elvis appropriated the culture of Afro-Americans and give the show a rating of two stars as well.

      I find it strange that in Friesen’s review of the show “Am I Blue”, he states , ”Your enjoyment will depend on how much sympathy you can muster for a white 28-year-old with a vision board”. Hmmmm, “white 28 year-old”?

      I am not sure why Friesen does not stick to reviewing the show as opposed to politicizing his reviews with comments about ethnicity? Could it be this CBC employee is looking to advance his career by scoring points with those individuals appointed at the high levels of his employer by that buffoon known as Justin.

      • Thanks for your comments on my show. Imagine if Friesen’s rules were applied to all performances, theatre itself would be impossible.

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