Who: David Stones & Tom Gannon Hamilton
What: Infinite Sequels
Where: The Westdale Cinema (1014 King Street West)
When: July 18-28, various dates & times (as part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival)
Presented on a sparse stage with nothing more than a table, a few chairs, and a lot of balled-up pieces of paper littering the stage, Infinite Sequels is not so much a play, but an hour of spoken word poetry presented over a soundtrack that includes a live violinist performing with pre-recorded music.
Poetic themes revolve around love, loss, regret, and the passing of time. Lots of reminiscing and lot of regret. The tone of the poems is melancholic, aided by the most dominant prop: a glass of whiskey, frequently referenced, displayed and consumed. The poems move from one subject to another; dreams about famous authors, a raccoon that befouls a fence, deconstructing the word “painkiller”; but one subject resurfaces again and again is a woman once loved, who is clearly no longer part of the poet’s life.
The poems are beautifully written and performed, especially combined with the musical accompaniment that really brings the poems together. However, nothing really connects the poems, other than the overarching melancholy and regret, and there’s no flow or overall story, just a lot of great poems. It would have been great if there had been more of a flow and connection to them, in order to weave the pieces into a cohesive whole.
Infinite Sequels doesn’t work entirely as a play, but it does work beautifully as an hour of poetry.