Bushel and Peck

Bushel and Peck looks really good with its spare use of lights on the darkened Waterfront Theatre stage. Twelve hours later though I am still trying to parse it all.

A combination of clowning and dance, Alastair Knowles and Stephanie Morin-Robert explore the idea of “making”. As in a Fringe show. Or, as we learn from Morin-Robert’s belly-bump, a baby.

Reading from A Maker’s Handbook, Knowles explores the construction of the very piece we are watching. Morin-Robert does everything she can to undermine him. It makes for interesting contrary views to the artistic creation process. Where do learned (book) skills end and the real creation process begin?

As a metaphor for making a baby, it is slightly less connected beyond the obvious. But it is difficult not to feel the joy of coming parenthood; you can tell these two really do love each other a “bushel and a peck”.

Some of the clowning is inventive. One of the final moments as Knowles places his head on Morin-Robert’s shoulders is theatrical magic.

Then there is all the spinning/dancing. I still haven’t figured out how it fits.

3 Out of 5 Stars

Bushel and Peck continues at the Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright St, Granville Island) until September 17 as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.