by Élaine Charlebois
Though the three male characters in the play were strong, Guerch’s Shelley was by far the standout performance. Guerch’s intense portrayal was at once mesmerizing and disturbing. The actress both physically and emotionally embodied Shelley’s inner crisis, captivating the audience with her raw performance. Lavallée was also successful in his depiction of a scuzzy and dangerous predator, but much like his fellow male actors in the show, his performance was outshined by the strong female lead. Guerch’s intensity was so real and compelling that it cast a feeling of unease over the audience from the beginning of the play. The actress’s highly energetic portrayal of one of Oates’s many complex characters in La prevue ontologique de mon existence definitely made for a powerful and emotionally trying piece.
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