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Gemini, written and co-starring St. Albert’s talented Louise Casemore, is a slow-burning and fearless new work exploring love, loneliness and daytime whiskey. Casemore plays a bartender—convenient, as Gemini is set in El Cortez’s cave-like basement—in a perpetually empty bar. Well, empty except for one regular, Benjamin—played with pitch-perfect schlubby wit by Vern Thiessen—a Bukowski type with a cult following for his beautiful writing but who mostly spends his energy getting drunk. Their relationship grows from passing the time of day, trading banter and doing the Metro crossword, to real, emotional intimacy. You realize these idle hours in a bar form the strongest relationship they have. It’s what made Lost in Translation so effective: love takes many forms and it’s no less real for not being romantic. Thiessen is very effective as the booze-soaked writer—a strong performance that threatens to overshadow Casemore’s relaxed but sometimes less nuanced acting. But it’s Casemore’s quietly devastating script—subtle and beautiful—that makes Gemini a work of emotional impact that’s not to be missed. Reviewed by Josh Marcellin



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