35MM: A Musical Exhibition
Music & Lyrics By Ryan Scott Oliver based on photographs by Matthew Murphy
Ethereal Fantazy Productions - Winnipeg, MB
V.1 - John Hirsch Mainstage 
A picture is worth 1,000 words but what about a song? Can a picture inspire a song...or 16? In 35mm, each photo creates a unique song, a story behind a moment frozen in time, a glimmer of a life unfolding, a glimpse of something happening. This multimedia song cycle marries the art of photography and musical theatre to bring you 16 different stories that expose the spectrum of human emotion, from the euphoria of a new fling, the frustrations of a Manny to the darkness that lurks behind the mind of a wanna-be prom queen.

Cast:
Vincenzo Alberto, Josh Bellan, Carlyn Graff-Czehryn, Alex Menec and Johanna Reinberg

  
Show Info:
90 Mins
Tickets: $12

Genre:
Musical

Audience:
Parental Guidance

Warnings: Mild Language

Accessibility: English as a new language, Low Vision / Blind
Thu July 18 6:30 PM
Fri July 19 8:45 PM
Sun July 21 2:45 PM
Wed July 24 1:45 PM*
*(2 for $12)
Thu July 25 7:30 PM
Fri July 26 5:45 PM
Sun July 28 12:30 PM

35MM: A Musical Exhibition

Ethereal Fantazy Productions—John Hirsch Mainstage

Right off the bat, I don’t like this show. At the close, I introspect about what I would write and how harsh would I be? Being my last show of the evening, I intentionally meander and linger around, trying to catch comments from my fellow viewers.

Based on the outcome that I do not hear a single positive comment about the play, I will list all the reasons I don’t like it. This of course, does not count the numerous people who left early (a few as early as song #3).

At 90 minutes (although true running time is only 75 minutes), I expect a storyline, complete with conflict, denouement and resolution. This is just a presentation of songs, some somewhat related, some completely unrelated. To their credit, that’s all they promise in the program.

Musicals are fun to experience because they feature toe-tapping, catchy, contagious music. Some of the songs here are nice but most of them do not have good melody. Andrew Lloyd Webber, this is not.

From some of the comments I heard (overheard), the theme is just too dark. I love a good, dark, eerie story, but there needs to be some sort of resolution at the end; this just leaves you with a bad taste for humanity when you leave.

The sound person completely failed this troupe. Two of the actors’ mics were so low, you could not hear them sing most of the time—and if you miss the words here, you do not understand what’s going on. A third actor had a faulty mic which cut out intermittently. I would expect a spare to be around for such emergencies.

Finally, I am a semi-pro photographer. I very much looked forward to seeing the work displayed. I can’t say much from an artistic perspective, but from a technical perspective, the photos were quite a disappointment.

I’m sorry to say but there are a lot of great shows out there, and to spend time in one where I kept wishing it would be over is not the best use of time or money. Sitting in the audience, your primary thought after every song should not be, “please come to the front now, hold hands, and bow.”

Ray Yuen