Pomme is French for apple, is a bold and honest play.
Playing at The Young Centre for the Performing Arts, it is also daring and provocative. Adult subject matter coloured with profanity, it is not necessarily a play for everyone. While it may easily offend some, with undoubtedly sexually explicit material, a disclaimer of sorts is worked in to the opening segment of the play, clearly stating what it is all about. Apart from the multitude of sexual innuendos that pervades pomme is french for apple, underneath the dirty talk and sexual references, the play is witty and written with an edgy, fierce tongue.
Every scenario imaginable involving intimate relations is explored in unique vignettes throughout the play that runs 60 minutes. And if you aren’t falling off your seat at the shear absurdity of some material in pomme, other skits will cause one to breathe a sigh of relief at the innocence portrayed by some key characters.
Winner of the Patron’s Pick and Best of Fringe at the 2012 Toronto Fringe Festival, every aspect of storytelling is employed from song and dance, rap and stand-up to comedy skit. Within this dizzying montage of stories we meet dating couples in clubs, strangers on a bus, children in a playground and joggers in the park with one unforgettable prop.
It is a pseudo Vagina Monologue confessional mixed with a one-of-a-kind tale of lust, love, dating woes, dos and don’ts. Liza Paul, a Toronto-based writer, producer and performer, and poet, singer/songwriter Bahia Watson (both recipients of the 2012 RBC Footprint Award presented by Obsidian Theatre for their contribution to the arts) are the perfect pairing for this two-woman play whose self-deprecating sense of humor makes the performance all the more believable.
pomme is french for apple allows ample opportunity for this talented duo to slip in out of Trini, Bajan and British accents along with Jamaican patois and American south vernacular. You name it, they do it effortlessly and convincingly.
I was on the fence about this play. Although the writing of pomme is excellent, I felt the strong use of language to be offensive. I sat in the audience wondering to myself, ‘could this have worked if the language was cleaner?’ That said, perhaps it was the shock value of crude gestures paired with vulgar language that makes this a standout show.
This is a play that you either get or you don’t get, accept or don’t accept. One way or the other, it is a standout performance and script with some undeniably original material delivered in an undeniably original way.
Due to popular demand, pomme is french for apple has been extended to playing until March 16 at Young Centre For the Performing Arts in the Distillery District.