Genevieve PM Roy
Lost & Found
“We both wear a bruise or two, but they’re only flesh wounds; life’s too short to walk away from you.”
-Why can’t we be Friends by Sherman and Lee.
Valentine’s day having just passed, we are reminded once again that this holiday is on one hand a celebration for lovers, and on the other, a gentle reminder of celibacy to all the single, lonely hearts out there...
This Valentines weekend, I had the immense pleasure to experience Lost & Found, a touching, docu-musical presented by Infinithéâtre that recounts the chance encounter of two injured souls, their journey and the healing powers of love and music.
The musical, directed by Guy Sprung, features a harmonious three-piece band consisting of Stephen Barry, Andrew Cowan and John McColgan on drums, bass and guitar and co-performed by power duo David Sherman and Nancy Lee. The show will be performed at the Piccolo space adjacent to the Rialto Theatre on ave. du Parc, Montreal from February 12th until the 21st 2015.
A tad of fiction and a whole lot of truth from David and Nancy’s personal lives is recounted in this heart warming tale of fictional folk singers Victor and Tricia, both hapless romantics recovering from broken hearts.
On a lonely February night they meet by chance in the middle of the Lonely Hearts Cafe bar on the outskirts of town where they have both been booked to perform. While Victor is mesmerized by Tricia’s red hair and Ella Fitzgeraldlesque voice, she in turn is captivated by his rough but sweet vocals, lyrics and songs. Victor, recently incarcerated, scarred and penniless from a vengeful ex, is addicted to whiskey. Tricia, still mourning the death of her late husband and trying to connect with a reclusive teen daughter and her tattooed, fridge raiding boyfriend, is emotionally fragile. Both their stories, recounted through combined guitar and songs, are heartfelt and raw.
The path to true love is a difficult one as memories from the past resurface and both have to learn to give, forgive and trust once again.
Infinithéâtre’s mission is to develop, produce and broker new Québec theater to ever-widening audiences. Lost& Found, is a unique world premiere docu-musical in which “fiction is the lie that allows the truth to be revealed onstage.” says writer Sherman.
I loved how the dual performance and narrative of Sherman and Lee didn’t feel rehearsed and just flowed with grace while deepening the emotion impact on the viewers. Inspired by their real life encounter and with a stage decor emulating a local saloon called the Lonely Hearts Cafe, I felt as if I were just another patron at the bar, listening in on the conversation of a pair of lovers recalling their first encounter. The music itself is an interesting combination of country, blues, folk, country and pop that blends well with Sherman's lyrics and Lee’s powerful vocal.
If music be the fruit of love ... Lost & Found certainly captured its spirit !
Sherman and Lee
Lost & Found
Lost& Found, a touching, docu-musical presented by Infinithéâtre that recounts the chance encounter of two injured souls, their journey and the healing powers of love and music. Running at Piccolo Rialto Theatre, 5711 Park Ave.
For those who want to take home some of the memorable songs of the musical, a CD of the performance is available for purchase as well as a personal CD of David Sherman with eleven original tracts.
Lost & Found (Feb. 11-21)
At Piccolo Rialto Theatre, 5711 Park Ave.
Wed to Sat. at 8pm; Feb. 15 & 21 matinées at 2pm
Tickets: Regular: $25, Students/Seniors: $20
Pay-What-You-Can matinees: Feb. 15 & 21 at 2pm
Box Office: 514.987.1774 #104 or www.infinitheatre.com/lost-and-found