Jesse Stong weaves a dynamic, neurotic, romantic tale of park bench beauty in his latest Montreal Fringe show Sense Gentle
Through a series of encounters, a winding repertoire of gestures and conversations and offerings and flirtatious hints, Sense Gentle strings us through 65 minutes of rendezvous between Bambi, a young anorexic runaway and Oliver, an obsessive compulsive neurotic. The two characters meet every day, same time, same park bench until they eventually manifest an intimate bond. The notion is romantic: We value who we get to know and we get to know those who we feel need to be valued, need our engagement, our validation. Overtime, when shared, our secrets, our dramas, our most personal personables glue us to those who we're attracted to and we let them know us because we are, simply, basically attracted to them. In Sense Gentle, Stong examines the kindling of love and bonding between strangers.
Sense Gentle also features an all-star creative team including performances by Gavin Crawford (This Hour has 22 Minutes) and Kyle Travis Young (A Monstrous Child: A Gaga Musical) and direction from Kyle Tingley (My First Trip to New York, Endless Smoke).
Just over an hour of two men on stage whose interpersonal tension grows until they absolutely must kiss. WILL THEY DO IT? I don't know. I want to squirm while I wait for it. I want to feel all kinds of things. I have a feeling I will.
Sense Gentle opens June 14 at 8pm at Mission Santa Cruz. The show runs five times in total (June 14-15,17,19,20).
COME CHECK IT OUT!!
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