THE REUNION Opens Next Week at Imago
Last June, Carol Triffle's "The Reunion" opened to audience and critical acclaim. Come see its revival - 5 shows only!
"an unexpected ride... sharply imaginative ...Makes you laugh out loud while it's quietly breaking your heart. ... a well-paced hour and packs the concise wallop of a good novella, ...animated jaunt through the Sunday comics, a cartoon landscape inhabited by characters with the oddball normality of the townsfolk in Robert Altman's Popeye ... settle slowly, almost imperceptibly, into a deep and moving contemplation of the human condition... the trap door of humanity and opens it to a miracle of grace"
Bob Hicks, Oregon Arts Watch
John, her husband, is continually ignored. Delores, his wife, tells all she meets that she's dying. The soon-to-be-gone and the invisible, Carol Triffle's motifs are lightly cloaked in this existential comedy of bad manners at a high school reunion. Triffle's universe questions, comments, and insults with fire-words skewering each character. All are alone and desperate for companionship yet bound by their aloneness. Live music jolts the absurdity to bubbly heights and side tracks serious moments into comedic ditches. The Reunion can't be codified and flies like a wild aircraft ricocheting off muddy memories, regrets and the uncertainty of hope. Delores is an enthusiastic but reluctant pilot of her life. On her one and last night's voyage, Delores refuses to touch down. Nonetheless all is good when she lands smooth, easy and unharmed (almost.)
Returning to the Imago boards, after a six-year haitus is one of Triffle's most acclaimed clown herione's Danielle Vermette who plays the lead role of Delores. Artistic Co-director, Jerry Mouawad plays opposite Vermette, as her husband John, both characters appeared in Triffle's 2008 The Dinner.