Richard Jordan Productions and Theatreturtle
Wajdi Mouawad is an accomplished writer and especially performer. His latest creation is a solo show about a young fantasist named Alphonse.
Alon Nashman puts his all into a meticulously created performance that even features a shower of popcorn.
The story follows the eponymous hero after he wanders away from home, causing panic and consternation. Nashman distinctively portrays his family and friends, who together build up a portrait of a young dreamer. They interact with his sympathetic pursuer, a Columbo-like cop called Victor in a search for the wanderer.
At the other end, Alphonse and his imaginary friend/alter ego Jean Paul René enter a foodie fantasy world that might owe something to Roald Dahl.
The good news is that all live happily ever after.
Reviewer: Philip Fisher