Morning Star is a one-woman show featuring Lucifer, welcoming the audience to Hell. Lucifer, upon setting the stage, then proceeds to regale the audience with a sympathetic plea to remember him as they leave prepare to leave Hell for Heaven.
Should you see it?
There is a fine line between homage and copying material, and this play really seems to skirt the edges of a lot of well known material, utilizing pieces of Rowan Atkinson sketches, Tim Hawkins stand-up, and an infamous scene from Kevin Smith’s Dogma about the differences between humans and angels.
For what the show is; however, Caitlin Corbett does manage to hold a strong theatrical presence for her hour run. One person shows are hard as it is one person delivering what may seem to feel like an hour monologue. Usually they are polarizing and create extremes, so props to Caitlin Corbett for her strengths. Her voice is powerful and commanding. Her visage is captivating. For only being one person she certainly makes sure that she fills up the entire stage. But then we start to examine the content of Morning Star.
Morning Star is an hour long dramedy which raises a lot of questions in relation to the plot. Why are we, as humans that have recently passed away, being brought through Hell on our quest to Heaven We are being taught of the villainy of God and are supposed to feel sympathetic towards Lucifer before ascension, which just feels theologically unsound, if one is to look at this from a theological idea. If God was as villainous as Lucifer implies throughout this tale, I doubt he would allow new Heaven-bound recruits an audience before ascension, therefore making Lucifer’s final performance, if it were that of Morning Star, one of grand deception to try and steal souls away from God.
Story aside, Avante-Garde is a horrible venue for a show. There is a one-drink minimum on top of the ticket price, and the bartenders are very strict on this one-drink minimum, as they would routinely hound people at table’s mid-show to make them buy drinks, regardless of how it would interrupt the shows experience for those around. Not everyone in the bar is there for a Fringe show either, so there was talking and laughing going on in the back of the bar. Lastly, the stage is right near the bar, so it was quite distracting as well to pay attention to the performance while the bartenders are shaking and mixing drinks as loudly as possible.
Overall there are better ways to spend your time and money.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d like to know what you think?
If you are interested in checking out Morning Star here is the following link with show times and information: http://www.productionottawa.com/morningstar/