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One Turtle, Two Turtle, Three Turtle, Dead



With precisely hesitant physicality and intentioned blocking, Caitlyn Goruk’s one-woman play thrusts her audience into the awkward throes of a high school cafeteria. One Turtle, Two Turtle, Three Turtle, Dead. only pulls you in from there. Goruk adeptly portrays Sarah, a misfit Grade 12 student who goes through her days with blunt objectivity and dissociative scientific tact. Her character is a novel pairing with the personal grief-ridden plot that Goruk wrote for this teenager to traverse. It makes for highly entertaining comedic exchanges with the play’s other characters—none of which have a single line of dialogue actually articulated—yet the words of her father, student counsellor, and classmates feel palpable. If the production’s format communicates the distance Sarah puts between herself and those around her, Goruk’s acting helps us measure it. Her tendons stretch and her hands and voice shake as Sarah moves through her emotional journey. But her adolescent attitude and demeanour keep this play about processing loss funny throughout, while still compassionate and touching enough to surely bring a significant portion of its audience to open tears once she delivers the satisfying closure the production builds towards. Reviewed by Kevin Pennyfeather.


Gig City


Total Score
4.5/ 5

Reader Rating
27 total ratings



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Dates / Times:
  • 8:00 pm - 2017/08/17
  • 7:00 pm - 2017/08/20
  • 4:15 pm - 2017/08/23
  • 2:15 pm - 2017/08/24
  • 8:45 pm - 2017/08/25
  • 12:15 pm - 2017/08/27

Posted 2017/08/18 by



One Review


    Engaging from the first minute. A beautifully conceived story and performance with moments that had me alternately smiling, laughing out loud and wiping tears. I loved this show so much, it has so much heart. Conceived, written and performed by a young Edmonton artist who did a wonderful job. Trust me, this one is a must see!

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