The Wind Telephone
Written & Performed by Adam Keefe
Audacious Serendipity - Edmonton, AB
 www.adamkeefe.com
V.9 - Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall 
A grieving Japanese man builds a phone booth in his garden to talk to his dead cousin. When all of Japan is overwhelmed with grief, people travel great distances to speak into his phone to connect with their own lost relatives. An exploration of life, loss and spirituality.

Cast:
Adam Keefe

Show Info:
60 Mins
Tickets: $12

Audience:
General
No Warnings
Thu July 20 2:15 PM
Fri July 21 7:30 PM
Sun July 23 12:00 PM
Mon July 24 5:00 PM
Tue July 25 11:30 PM
Thu July 27 4:30 PM
Fri July 28 9:15 PM
Sun July 30 2:15 PM

The Wind Telephone

Audacious Serendipity—Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall

From the write-up, the premise is quite clear: grieving man creates a telephone to talk to the dead. The phone becomes a spiritual portal for all who grieve.

By all means, this should have been a profoundly sorrowful tale, evoking enough teardrops to cause a tsunami—but it wasn’t. Through most of the show, I couldn’t figure why I only felt moments of sadness and many streaks of apathy. The tales are thoughtful and the circumstances are all dire. What’s missing?

Towards the end, I figured it out. I didn’t feel for any of the characters. For most tragedies, you build a relationship with the characters and by the time tragedy hits, you’re sharing a life/experience with the characters. Here, you only get the sorry—you don’t get the development, and you never get to bond with the characters.

I applaud Adam Keefe for a bold effort. He has great intentions with a great story to tell. Unfortunately, it falls a bit short because a key piece of the puzzle is missing.

Ray Yuen