Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Review (Ottawa) Who Killed Gertrude Crump (Fringe)

The Puppets are Scariest Up Close
by Robyn Lester

Puppets! Puppets, puppets, puppets! If that hasn’t sold you, I guess I should talk about the show. Who Killed Gertrude Crump is a humorous murder mystery told through –you guessed it – puppets! And the puppeteer? Well, it’s none other than Agatha Christie (Tara Travis), posthumously telling the one mystery she never published.  

Written and directed by Ryan Gladstone, this production was a joy to watch. Tara Travis had a lot on her plate with this one. While narrating the story as Agatha Christie, she was also single-handedly responsible for ten puppets. Keeping eleven different characters straight is a challenge to say the least, especially when you throw puppets into the mix. But Travis managed it incredibly well. Her performance was lively and amazing to watch. 

The technical execution of this production was excellent. The sound and lighting were an integral part of the storytelling, and went off without a hitch. It did run a little long. At 65 minutes, my attention was beginning to drift a little. Nevertheless, it was a lot of fun. And those puppets! They looked both hilarious and creepy at the same time. I wouldn’t want to wake up with one of them sitting on my dresser, that’s for sure. 

So who killed Gertrude Crump? You’ll have to see it to find out!

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