Sunday, November 27, 2022

Fringe Review: This coast was new (Mini Bar Series)

Who: Bururet Collective
What: This coast was new
Length: 20 minutes
Where: Casbah Lounge (306 King Street)
When: July 21-31 as part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival Mini Bar Series
Tickets: $7 + $1.75 fee at https://boxoffice.hftco.ca/event/866:602/

Leaving one place and moving to another is rarely an easy process. Something inevitably gets left behind, and it’s not always clear if you can—or should—reclaim it. This coast was new is a story about love and migration, and the rollercoaster of loss and gain that’s often shared between the two.

Written by Ana Sasic, the story kicks off when a woman visits her cousin at work, hoping to reconnect with her after a long period of separation. Characters come and go, relationships form or are revealed between each of them, and we ultimately learn the story of their interconnected lives.

The relationships and interactions between characters are the highlight of the performance. Each character is a deep, complex, real person, and the whole thing feels like something that could play out in real life. Instead of an audience member in a Fringe show, you could just as easily be a customer at a restaurant or cafe, quietly watching it all play out in front of you.

In many ways, the story is refreshingly realistic. It’s neither too light or too dark; instead it reflects our actual lives, where there are ups and downs, good days and bad days, and where we can find a little happiness even when things are rough. Life isn’t a fairytale, but neither is it a Shakespearean tragedy, and ultimately life goes on.

Arthur Bullock
Arthur Bullock
Arthur Bullock is a graduate of McMaster University, Mohawk College and Algonquin College. He's spent nearly all his life in Hamilton, and has been reviewing plays at the Fringe since 2015. He has a passion for writing of all kinds, and loves to combine that with a longtime interest in local theatre.

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