Graham Cuthbertson and Patrick Costello (photo credit: lucetg.com)The Emerald City
by Caitlin Murphy
In a spirit of Samuel Beckett meets Father Ted, SideMart Theatrical Grocery’s production of Trad, by Irish playwright Mark Doherty, is riveting – beautifully staged and superbly performed; deliciously absurd, but deeply moving too. Originally produced in 2007 at the Segal Centre’s Studio space, this dark comedy is currently on tap at the Centaur Theatre – and Montreal audiences should feel very very lucky that it is.
Trad is theatre doing very well what it does best.
Though the two men share a profound intimacy, in a bit of intriguing staging, they never actually make eye contact. Throughout the play, they look constantly outwards, at us, yes, but more suggestively at the great unknown, and they speak to each other eerily across it. We can’t help but lean into these men; they vaguely plead with us to answer a question they can’t quite formulate, or grant them a wish they cannot name.
Trad continues to March 24