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posted Friday, May 6, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 18
Fanciful Shipwrecked magical, if confusing
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Fanciful Shipwrecked magical, if confusing

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself)
ArtsWest
Through May 21

Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself) is a long monologue of incredible adventures delivered with some extra helpers. Prolific playwright Donald Margulies has had a number of his plays produced here, including a world premiere of God of Vengeance at ACT Theatre a few years ago. Dinner with Friends was recently mounted at SecondStory Repertory and Brooklyn Boy was done last season by Taproot Theatre.

This production at ArtsWest has segments that are created beautifully and artfully, using fanciful puppetry and adept ensemble members to fill out the tale. However, it's a longish tale with a punch line that doesn't quite fulfill the story, and since it has garnered awards in other places, it's hard to tease out the reason it seems to fall a little short.

Essentially, we are told a fantastic tale purporting to be a true story of a fortune-seeking young man who gets shipwrecked on a deserted island, is rescued by natives, and finally returns to his British home. Shortly after his return he's lauded and sought after, but then he's debunked and debased. So, what should we believe?

Doug Fahl plays Louis. It's a difficult role that demands an excellent storyteller. Fahl is a good actor but doesn't capture our imagination and attention right at the outset in the way that is necessary to make us want to hear his story. Part of that might be the choice of director Christopher Zinovitch to start off the evening in a confusing way.

The ensemble is outside a stage door, banging to be let in. Once inside, they appear to be there to harass Louis De Rougemont for not telling the truth, but instead they are suddenly commandeered into helping him tell his story. It's not clear if this is part of the script or a directing choice, but it's confusing nonetheless. If the ensemble were simply there, ready to help, we wouldn't have to worry why they are there; it would just be that way.

Once the story gets rolling, more of a flow begins, as the nimble ensemble of Beth Cooper, Nick Edwards, EmilyRose Frasca, and Ryan Floresca help Fahl tell his tale. It's a common tale of a small boy dreaming to leave his home for faraway places and how he takes ship to sail on a pearling expedition. But a horrible storm comes up and he's shipwrecked with only the ship's dog as company.

The boy and the dog wash ashore on a deserted island. They spend some years there, isolated, until some natives founder nearby and he rescues them. Together, they all build a boat and journey to the natives' island. He marries a native woman, starts a family, and stays there so long that the children grow and have families of their own. Increasingly homesick, he finally sets sail again for Britain, leaving the family behind.

In Britain, he becomes famous for his harrowing tale, told in 10 installments. But his story is doubted by those who don't believe such details as how he learned to ride sea turtles, guiding them by poking near their eyes. Soon, he's discredited and alone.

It sounds a bit like the idea came to Margulies after that big controversy over James Frey's book about addiction that turned out to be fictional, rather than the 'true' memoir he claimed. Is it important that the writing is true, or can we get enjoyment out of the story even if it's made up? Frey's book even helped some people who were struggling with addiction. So does the fact that some of it was stretched or fabricated undo the help it gave?

Magical moments that call out for recognition include a lovely underwater scene with fun puppet props. Edwards does a stunningly good job as the dog, and Cooper's excellent contribution in various characters helps keep the production interesting. But what it stacks up to is pretty much left to you.

For more information, go to www.artswest.org or call 206-938-0339.

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