Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Fringe Review: Terminus

Who: The 9th
What: Terminus
Length: 60 Minutes
WhereHamilton Fringe Festival Theatre On Demand Series
When: July 16-25, 2021
Tickets: From $5 -$20 via the Hamilton Fringe Festival Box Office

Coming into this season of Hamilton Fringe, it was a real question how artists would adapt to a digital platform while maintaining the unique character that makes up the festival. Terminus manages to do both and in turn brings one of this year’s best performances.

Shot mostly through a single camera – with the sparing use of close-up – the set truly works well on a video format with the back of stage film screen blending seamlessly into the performance. Written and directed by Dylan Stav, Terminus is the theatre we’ve truly been missing during the pandemic.

Although the main focus of the play is on the turbulent relationship of a couple on a deep space journey, the themes uncovered throughout leave the audience pondering throughout. Love, communication manipulation and mental health are all central to the play but a deeper question is the role (and control) technology plays in our lives. Asimov’s Laws of Robotics are pushed to the limits and makes us wonder do we really need our iPhones – and if so, what does the future hold for these devices we spend so much of our lives with?

The stage chemistry between Magdalena Barys (Vanessa) and Stav (Peter) draws the viewer into their relationship, at times hoping for its success and yet also realizing the inevitable failure coming. The two actors – along with supporting performances by Claudia Carino, Anton Wasowicz and John Bory – deliver a brilliant performance that makes for an hour that passes by quickly leaving you wanting more.

While the unique love triangle central to the plot can be seen coming a mile away, the journey there takes quite a few surprising twists and Terminus is definitely one show not to miss this Fringe season.

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