Fringe review: Mercury will leave you wanting more

Mercury
Mercury

Mercury is what the Fringe Festival is for. A hybrid of silent film and science fiction, you don’t want to miss this show.

Polished, specific, and entirely watchable solo performer Colleen MacIssac plays an unnamed character in charge of a remote radio station on what I am assuming is the planet Mercury. It’s never quite clear where our protagonist is, but it is clear is that she is alone.

Although there is never a word spoken, MacIsaac is so deft at her craft I was on the edge of my seat for the entire 20 minutes of the production. While moving through the most mundane tasks such as making tea and taking care of her plant the audience really feels like a fly on the wall of her domain. It’s a testament to the precision of her work that every nuance, funny, tense or otherwise, registered.

It is rare that I am left wanting more when the lights go up at the end of a performance, but after being introduced to her work in Mercury I would watch Colleen MacIsaac silently read the phone book to herself.

Mercury continues at the Neptune Imperial Theatre (1593 Argyle St, Halifax) as part of the Halifax Fringe Festival. Visit halifaxfringe.ca for tickets and information.