Reviewed by on    Ottawa Fringe 2015  


Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fringe

Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fringe

Three Men in a Boat, a play based on Jerome K. Jerome’s 1889 British travelogue, is a funny and cleverly composed story about three rich friends , Jay, George and Harris, who decide to make an exciting change in their boring, unproductive lives. They decide to go for a boat trip on the river Thames. The audience follows their adventures – or rather misadventures- as the three of them, equally incompetent and clumsy, try to make the best of increasingly chaotic situations. Mark Brownell’s  brilliant adaptation of Jerome’s work keeps the audience captivated from the first to the last minute of the show.

Of course, the impeccable execution helps a lot. Matt Pilipiak’s (Jay) story telling talent is so superb that he changes the genre to a mix of storytelling and painting pictures on the stage through his outstanding acting. Scott Garland and Victor Pokinko are hilarious in their roles of Jay’s friends Harris and George. Their use of body language and facial expressions is essential to understanding the performance. The three of them in the capable hands of director Sue Miner, paint pictures of their life on the river Thames so skilfully that the whole stage comes to life with landscapes and characters, as naturally and convincingly as if they were part of the set. The audience is transported into a different world and time and enjoys every second of it. Three Men in a Boat is a funny, fast-paced, witty comedy and a true artistic experience. No wonder that this show is selling like hot cakes!

Three Men in a Boat

Pea Green Theatre Group’s Production

Three Men in a Boat plays at Studio Léonard Beaulne.