by Winna Tse
Jani Lauzon, who wrote and acted in the play, is amazing as Katherine/Pudlums/Fog Man Giant. She floats effortlessly through aerial hoop, dancing, and passionately portraying her many characters. Her gift for accents did not go unnoticed and kudos to John Nelles, an esteemed dialect coach for ensuring that. Likewise, her colleagues Ingrid Hansen and Trish Leeper are equally wonderful in their roles. Leeper is strong, poised and powerful in her role as Spider Woman whilst Hansen captures the spirit of an angry and passion-filled daughter. Both are excellent puppeteers as they flowed together with Lauzon across stage with one single puppet. I must give huge props to the amazing crew that put together such a solid production. Everything, from the aerial rig design and construction to the little spider frolicking across the stage, was meticulously crafted. A Side of Dreams is unlike many dreams I have but if I could, I hope I can dream a dream just like it.