Shadow Theatre’s current production Sequence is their last in the Varscona Theatre before it closes for major renovations. Calgary playwright Arun Lakra entwines two stories to explore the topics of luck, probability, providence, genetics, free will, religion, dramatic coincidence, Fibonacci series, and disability. John Hudson was director.
In one story, Coralie Cairns plays a cranky tenacious genetics professor and researcher who is going blind, and Chris W. Cook plays an unusual student. In the other story, Frank Zotter plays a very lucky man, on a book tour to promote his book about luck, and Caley Suliak plays an audience member who wants to benefit from or to disprove his streak of luck. The action switches from one side of the stage to the other, at first with no apparent connections between the themes or narratives but various similarities gradually arising. The show program includes two pages of glossary for the scientific terms and science-fiction-culture terms used by Cairns’ character. I’d like to say that I didn’t need any of it, but reading them ahead of time did add to my understanding. The cleverly-plotted piece seems to follow the Chekov’s gun rule strictly, but near the end I was not completely sure that I knew what the playwright had intended the connections and resolutions to be.
The set (designed by Lisa Hancharek) was also filled with fascinating details such as wall shelves reminiscent of representations of DNA spirals.
Sequence continues at the Varscona until this Sunday afternoon, November 16th, with advance tickets at Tix on the Square and cash tickets at the door.