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Members say: Great staging, Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Thought-provoking

About the show

BAM presents Ex Machina's high-tech solo show created by and starring renowned director Robert Lepage about his childhood at 887 Murray Avenue, Quebec City, Canada. More…

Populated with miniature neighbors, family members, and the many stories embedded in rooms, walls, and windows, '887' constructs an evocative memory palace. As Lepage revisits his childhood home and other brilliantly reconfigured spaces from his past and present—among them his current Quebec City flat and the front seat of his father’s taxi—he unearths a life’s worth of memories, sifting through the things we can’t seem to recall and those we are unable to forget.

Member Reviews (18)


Great staging, Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Entertaining, Great staging, Edgy, Great writing, Riveting

See it if You know who Robert Lepage is and enjoy his avant-garde works. He uses his skills to tell the story of his childhood in Quebec.

Don't see it if You do not like solo performances. This is not in the form of a dramatic play with many characters. You dislike a few foreign words.

Also The staging of this play is incredible. Mr. Lepage has created his chi... Read more Read less

Fascinating inquiry into memory and theater. intelligent. great set

See it if Lepage, the accomplished and sometimes controversial director, explores how memory works. Focuses on his childhood and Quebec separatism

Don't see it if Lucky to sit in the front and able to see every nook and cranny of the amazing set. Seven stagehands to operate. Lepage gives it his all

Also Much shorter but not as effective as Lepage's 8 and 3/4 hour Lipsynch ... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Relevant, Repetitive

See it if You want to learn about late 20th Century French Canadian social issues.

Don't see it if Like me, you don't like one person shows that cannot transcend the inherent limitations of the form.

Great writing, Great staging, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You want to enjoy a masterful solo performance that, with a very clever staging, recreates the author's childhood memories.

Don't see it if You don't like minimalistic solo performances. This show is basically a " memoir " that might look slow at times. It is partially in French

Must see, Intelligent, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if you want a clever, wonderful, thought-provoking piece with humor. it's one of a kind.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like a tale well told, with bits of humor, lots of charm and a clever set constantly morphing.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows, no matter how good

Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You appreciate great storytelling, human and personal stories in greater context, inventive staging, and/or interested in Canadian history

Don't see it if You don't like one person theater- though it's much more than that

Ambitious, Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You want to see an enfant terrible grown up but still playing with toys, only now it's a huge box of tricks engineered by his Ex Machina Co.

Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows, or toys or don't think Canadians can be egotistical, political and charming!

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see the work of a genius. Lepage is a master of stage-craft and story telling. Very moving and beautiful.

Don't see it if If you prefer traditional plays with a linear plot you might hate this. If you are not patient.

Exquisite theater, unmissable, gets even better upon reflection

See it if you want to see something you've never seen before. The stagecraft is magic.

Don't see it if you have poor vision and are in the back row. Some of what's on view is very small!

Also I knew the stagecraft would be superb; I'm a Lapage fan. I wasn't sure... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you want to immerse yourself in a black box of magic, become enchanted by Robert Lepage's magnificent sort of sleight of hand.

Don't see it if you want a straight, "normal" plot, you get bored by magical sets and transitions, you are deeply bothered by reading occasional subtitles.

Also Beautiful, enchanting, and absorbing. Lepage drenches the audience in ... Read more Read less

Masterful, Refreshing, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if You want to see some seriously awesome stagecraft and technology in use, combined with a profound life story.

Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows.

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you want to see an absolutely fascinating play about childhood that is deeply entrenched in memory and French-Canadian history.

Don't see it if if you don't like one-man shows or shows that break the traditional theatre told.

Also An absolutely absorbing piece opening up enormous questions about the ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Clever, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You're interested in non-traditional theater w/ an incredible set, brilliantly-told personal history, & want to be consider your own memory.

Don't see it if You want a big dance number.

Enchanting, Great staging, Intimate, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if Enjoy creative theater, want to see a calm and thoughtful production, like Robert Lepage, history of Quebec resonates with you.

Don't see it if Do not enjoy steady-paced shows, do not enjoy one person or autobiographical shows.

Clever, (bit) indulgent, Absorbing, Masterful

See it if fantastic use of low-tech wizardry and solid storytelling intrigues you.

Don't see it if a methodical memory play doesn't appeal to you.

Also Sluggish in moments, mesmerizing in others, overall a captivating even... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, It's about le page; he's very good

See it if your interested in good acting and historic information

Don't see it if if you get restless easily

Absorbing, Enchanting, Riveting, Profound, Masterful

See it if you want to be dazzled by technical wizardry, but not at the cost of an emotional story.

Don't see it if you need a focused, linear plot to keep your attention - the play jumps around in time and space, in my opinion, though, this works great.

March 17th, 2017
“A shabby apartment building becomes a cabinet of wonders in Ex Machina’s glittering ‘887’…The show’s beginning is seductive, brazen…The play has its excessively tangential moments and some indulgent ones, too…Its best moments share a childlike simplicity…There are many technological marvels but ...
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March 17th, 2017
“In the heart-stoppingly gorgeous ‘887,’ the auteur is deft and perfect again, meshing reminiscence and images together with a watchmaker's care…The gentle memory show combusts into a political cri de coeur. Details from earlier in the play explode like timed charges…You leave, at least partially...
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March 22nd, 2017
“An intensely personal revisiting of his childhood in Quebec...If '887’ is essentially the story of a memory exercise, it is all the more authentic as the presentation of life as it is lived, without much time to connect the dots. What makes the show memorable is its artistry. ‘887’ is theater on...
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August 14th, 2015
for a previous production "There’s a theme bubbling beneath the surface about class and opportunity, and the suggestion that the great movements of history were determined by injustice and inequality. Lepage continues to develop his work beyond opening night and he may yet find more mileage in the story of his grandmother...
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