Shane Adamczak’s black comedy, Trampoline, opened in Montreal May 7th at Mainline Theatre to a packed house, starring Shane Adamczak, Stevie Pemberton, and Vance Gillis. Read our interview with Adamczak HERE.
This story about a lonely dreamer who mixes fiction and reality takes us on the journey of what happens when Matt (Shane Adamczak) meets the girl of his dreams, Kelly (Stevie Pemberton).
Shane Adamczak is impossible to not love as the endearing, vulnerable Matt who constantly wonders if he’s weird and whose dreams sometimes seem more tangible than his reality. He proposes seemingly insignificant everyday concerns that many can relate to (i.e. that awkward interaction, there, where you could just say, “Hello”). His honesty and charm guarantee laughter and awe throughout.
Stevie Pemberton doubles as Matt’s therapist and Kelly. She seamlessly flows between serious-business with focus and knowledge of boundaries to the quirky girl-next-door who at some point is compared to Natalie Portman, however, could also easily pass for a Zooey Deschannel. Oh, right, and she has a moment as the washing machine, which is also a really clever transition. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear her sing two sweet songs, including a duet with Adamczak.
Vance Gillis and Stevie Pemberton sail through a multitude of costume changes, while Gillis simultaneously runs through a battalion of characters and always succeeds in exiting on a big laugh. However, weird seeing Gillis not wearing a sweater, as many used to seeing him on the Montreal Improv stage may notice when he first enters in a black t-shirt with two monkeys on his hands. The apron styled skirts and dress are ingeniously engineered for Kelly. And there’s something so sweetly humorous about how Matt and his therapist’s glasses match: “It’s almost as if I’m a real person and you’re a real therapist.”
Music plays a whole other character in this play. From dream-referring songs, to a turntable that actually turns, a joke about REM, live singing, and an epically orchestrated party scene. It should be re-iterated that there is an epically orchestrated party scene.
Only seven chances left to catch this heartwarming experience, so book fast. Opening night SOLD OUT!
And you want to see this show, because this show “Nailed it!”
Trampoline runs May 7 – 11, May 14, and May 16-17 at the Mainline Theatre (3997 St. Laurent). 8 p.m. $14/12