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Oleanna has to be one of the most powerful performances at this year's fringe festival. It will anger you, depress you, and make you question your own worldview—all in the span of 90 minutes. Fronted by powerhouse actors Christina Fallavollita (Carol) and Eric Smith (John), the story deals with the power struggles between a teacher up for tenure and one of his female students after she accuses him of sexual exploitation. The verbal sparring between John and Carol burns through a list of topics like politics, gender, and education. The play has a way of manipulating the audience to vote for both characters. You don't know who is really in the right. This is until it becomes painfully obvious after a specific act involving violence. Still, you feel for both character's situations. Just ask yourself, if you lost everything, would you go against your basic morals as a human being or would you be driven to lunatic madness? Trust me. This is one you won't want to miss. Reviewed by Stephan Boissonneault.


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Total Score
4/ 5

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35 total ratings



Dates / Times:
  • 10:30 pm - 2017/08/18
  • 6:15 pm - 2017/08/19
  • 2:00 pm - 2017/08/21
  • 10:30 am - 2017/08/22
  • 12:00 pm - 2017/08/25
  • 6:00 pm - 2017/08/27

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One Review

    Cody Baron

    Powerfully performed, brilliantly written, engrossingly executed and emotionally thought provoking in all the ways you want a rewarding theater experience to be. Oleanna (2017 Edmonton Fringe) is an absolutely excellent and emotionally challenging production. Full of extremely rich themes, endless dramatic energy and strongly impactful ideas you will be left thinking about long after it is over. The powerful central performances by Eric Smith and Cristina Fallavollita are an utter delight to watch as they ooze with raw emotion, intriguing morality and startling intensity that wholly grips you at every moment. Smith perfectly bounces between being energetically entertaining and shockingly unsettling in an extremely satisfying fashion that leaves you speechless. And Fallavollita brings a wonderfully quiet and calm dramatic counterbalance that slowly grows to an unexpected place of real power which sticks with you. As well all of the drama is terrifically executed by Smith in a very effective manner that pulls you right into the heart of the layered character conflict and keeps you there with a great use of lighting, music and staging. Plus the show ends on exactly the right note that doesn’t outstay its welcome by a single second and instead leaves to think hard about what you have just seen and how it will truly impact you. If you are looking for a fantastic show to see at the Fringe over the next few days then this one is a must!!

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