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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.