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    Oh Janny girl

    A writer named Jan reflects on the sins and secrets of her Irish upbringing in Canada, in "Snapshot."


    In "Snapshot," Jan, a writer (played by Joanne Latimer), reflects back on her youth in a working-class Irish family in Toronto, focusing mainly on memories of her Aunt Sissy.

    Written by: Samantha Swan.
    Directed by: Christopher Comrie.
    Cast: Sergio Gallinaro, Joanne Latimer, Steven Puchalski, Samantha Swan.
    Fringe Festival 2001

    • Overview
    • Show listings

    • 21 Dog Years
    • Debbie Does Dallas
    • Doing Justice
    • Einstein's Dreams
    • The Elephant Man: The Musical
    • Equal Protection
    • Fifty Minutes
    • Fuck You or Dead Pee Holes
    • Gene de Tueur
    • L'Hiver Sous la Table
    • Imperative Flight
    • Jim Carroll's The Basketball Diaries
    • Loader #26
    • A Piece of My Heart
    • Sic
    • Snapshot
    • Take
    • Two Girls from Vermont
    • Woosh
    • Zoo

    • Absolutely Abreast
    • Break the Floor
    • I Dance

    • Studio

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    • Fringe 2000
    Played with commanding prescence and gusto by the play's author, Samantha Swan, Sissy is a boozy, sensual force of nature with a lust for life and a penchant for dancing at the drop of a hat. There's a strong bond between Sissy and the young Jan as the Aunt insistes that she get out and see the world and escape the kind of life Sissy has.

    Swan makes Sissy charismatic as she smiles and charms her way into various hearts, including that of her latest husband, the too-young, fiery-tempered Dermot, whose agression causes Sissy to miscarry and gives her a black eye. There's a sweet bartender who longs to take care of Sissy and it's a very sweet moment in the play when he sees her home after she's had one too many.

    As Sissy is on her downward spiral, Jan's talent is emerging as her writing skills gain her entry into a special school. Especially lyrical is a scene in the play when Sissy confesses to a very open young priest and she tells him of how she had sex with a stranger in a movie theater. (The same actor plays the priest and the stranger, which adds a layer of complexity to the action.)

    Things with Dermot get darker and he becomes more abusive, yet Sissy can't leave him.

    The two men in the play, Steven Puchalski and Sergio Gallinaro play over a dozen roles between them and really do a remarkable job. Snapshot is a very poignant look at a life that is bigger than its confines. Moving and tender, with characters you feel as if you've really gotten to know, this play is a vibrant exercise for the emotions.

    AUGUST 24, 2001

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