Fringe Review: Swipe right on Hopegrown Productions’ “The One”

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From Hopegrown Productions, a Montreal-born theatre company dedicated to staging relevant stories featuring dynamic female-identifying characters, comes a story about hopelessness. And through this hopelessness comes an hilarious, relateable, and extremely necessary commentary on the state of modern dating, and how technology has created a drastic shift in how we perceive, create and nurture new relationships.

“The One” by Miriam Cummings, follows the story of Emily, a type-A personality, and self-proclaimed ‘business’ Tinder user, who is looking for her perfect match. She has online dating down to a science, from what shade of lipstick to choose when preparing for a first date, to how long to wait and what punctuation to use when texting back to plan a second. Yet, despite all these tips and tricks, she can’t seem to make her matches stick. Which might explain why she’s also trying to revolutionize online dating by working with a startup company to create the best dating app the world has yet to see! With her child-bearing years rapidly slipping away, will Emily be able to fix online dating while there’s still a chance for her?

Regardless of your relationship status, or whether or not you’ve ever used a dating app, the reality is, we all interact with technology and this has affected the way that we engage with our world. Do you own a smart-phone? Then that’s all the reason you need to go see this show. This show was tasteful, pertinent and poignant and if you can still get a ticket you definitely won’t regret it. Social media, texting, streaming movies and music have all influenced how we think and feel about love and what we’re willing to do in order to find it. Instant-gratification is king, and if you aren’t satisfied, you can just keep swiping.

Between contemplating her love life and making calls with the guys on the startup team, Emily also gives us an insight into how her grandmother dealt with finding love while growing up during the great depression. These moments and anecdotes, highlighted by a clever and subtle lighting design, are what I think truly illustrates just how different dating has become. Emily’s grandmother’s voice comes through with a clarity and a sureness that makes you question why on earth we started making things so complicated. Why do we let our own ego and fear of ‘looking desperate’ get in the way of a real connection? Why are we treating love like a business venture? Why do we feel the need to perform our love on social media? 

When you get to the bottom of all these new questions and new frustrations, you might realize that the most intimate relationship you’ll ever have is actually with your phone. It knows who you talk to, where you go, what music you like to listen to, and the weird questions you ask google that you don’t want other people to know about. It has seen you at every unflattering angle and has diligently listened to you as you record diary entries as voice-memos and notes. Who in the world knows you better than your phone?


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Homegrown Productions presents “The One”
at the 29th St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival

Performances: June 6 – 16, 2019
Venue: 03 – Le P’tit Impro
3713 Saint-Laurent #202, Montreal, H2X 2V7  
Admission: $10 – 12 | Ages 12+
Box Office:
514.849.FEST (3378)
boxoffice@montrealfringe.ca 
www.montrealfringe.ca

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Jasmine Winter

Theatre Reviewer at Montreal Theatre Hub
Jasmine Winter is a Montreal based actress and creator who graduated from Dawson's Professional Theatre Program where she got the opportunity to interpret such beloved and classic characters as Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Mrs. Bennet (Pride and Prejudice), Alice Sycamore (You Can't Take It With You), and Middle Daughter (Friends by Kobo Abe). More recently, she worked with Cirque du Soleil as a pre-show clown in their show "Juste une p'tite nuite: an hommage to Les Colocs". On her own time, she's working on being the best darn clown she can be. When not on stage, she reviews local theatre with Montreal Theatre Hub and teaches multiple theatre classes to kids aged 4 to 12.
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