One woman takes on life and success as she learns to shed her armor and find what’s truly valuable.
Should you see it?
Veenesh Dubois portrays Tanuja, a modern, jaded woman fighting for all the things her parents wanted for her. She’s a tough as nails accountant who has lost touch with her family while trying to provide for them. Having lived her whole life trying to meet the impossible expectations of her parents, she has grown to resent them and tries to drown her unhappiness in alcohol, losing touch with her husband and children along the way.
On the insistence of her mother, Tanuja visits a small village in India, the place where she was born. It’s here where Tanuja is able to shed her façade and listen to the heartbreaking story of sacrifice by the woman who nursed her as a baby.
As a one-woman show this piece plays to Dubois’s strengths. She captivates the audience with several strong characters, all of who reflect back in the main character Tanuja. The minimal staging supports the beautiful choreography. However, with so much time spent at the beginning establishing Tanuja’s bitterness, I felt there wasn’t enough time dedicated to her transformation at the end.
Bulls Heart is a poetic, heartwarming story. I was captivated by its sincerity.
From the moment Veenesh Dubois takes the stage of her one woman show Bulls Heart she owns it. She fills up the entire space with her presence and her graceful movement. Every move she makes has a purpose and accents her character’s known and unknown turmoil’s. It is obvious that Dubois was born to be on stage. She is a performer by nature; unfortunately the content of this script doesn’t hold the same potential that Dubois’ acting does.
While Bulls Heart starts off strong and creates a visage of a mean spirited woman who is doing what she thinks is right to get to the top it looks too easily for a resolution that ends up feeling rushed, forced and unbelievable. The transformative end is an obvious ending, yet just feels out of place in the tough and ridged character that is presented to up until almost the end.
Despite how I feel towards the rushed ending I would really love the chance to see more from Dubois.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to hear yours. Did you find Bulls Heart uplifting? Or did you find it too depressing? Let me know what you think in the comments.
For more information on Bulls Heart including show time and how to buy tickets, visit their show page on the Ottawa Fringe Festival website: http://ottawafringe.com/tickets/bulls-heart/