Brrrrrr How’s everyone keeping up in the cold? Unfortunately my body succumbed to getting sick… good excuse for me to stay in though when it was -40 degrees! Before Toronto became a freezageddon, I got to enjoy a lovely performance called Abyss at the Tarragon Theater. It’s been a while since I last saw a theatrical performance; I forgot how much I enjoyed them!
Abyss begins with the disappearance of Karla, a beautiful lover and sister who went missing after going to the grocery store one day. The story follows the lives of three friends as they search for Karla, only getting into murkier waters as time runs out and dark secrets are revealed. I did not know what to expect when I entered the theater but Abyss was a very suspenseful and thrilling performance, highly recommend! Even after the performance, I was lingering on the possibilities of some actions that were left to the imagination.
What I liked most about this performance was the connection the performers had with each other and with the audience. The stage was set so that the three actors performed on an empty illuminated platform without any props. This made the space very intimate and easier to feel what the characters were feeling. Throughout the whole performance, the three performers constantly held each others’ hands; this was probably my favourite aspect of the performance! Holding hands really portrayed the relationship between the characters, whether it was the struggle they were enduring or the moments of compassion.
Of course after the performance we got a little hungry. There are a few restaurants around the Tarragon Theater but we decided to walk down to Spadina and Bloor and eat at Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria. Perfect way to end the night!
For those interested, Abyss runs at the Tarragon Theater until March 15th. There are also other shows playing simultaneously and lined up as well, so be sure to drop in sometime!