Waiting for André

by Ottawa Fringe

June 20, 2009

Note to performers: unless you are very good with a very good script, do not remain seated while on stage.

Doing so curtails important stuff like action, expression, and engagement with the audience. Montreal writer-performer John Arthur Sweet does stand up a few times in Waiting for André and it’s a relief when he does, but it’s not enough to overcome the inertia that comes from spending the better part of an hour in a wooden arm chair telling us about theatre, love and other things. It’s a well-intentioned monologue that takes on too much by weaving a personal relationship with a mysterious chap named André into the story of a promotional gig for a production of Waiting for Godot.

Sweet seems less than confident in his own material and presentation. At Arts Court Library until June 27.

Patrick Langston