Review by François Levesque
50 min / Comedy / Drama
Boys will be boys, boys will be wolves, or so the story goes. With a title like Wolves>Boys (aka Wolves are greater than Boys), you might think you’re getting a cross between a hipster flick and a Twilight movie, but luckily you’re not.
The two-man play, interpreted by Tony Adams and Cory Thibert of May Can Theatre, takes you to a graveyard and recounts how Lawrence (Adams) met Isaac (Thibert) over an argument on whether a boy could take on a wolf. The protagonists are opposites – one’s confident, loud, and a bit of an egomaniac, while the other aims to please his friend, is a bit shy, and hates talking about himself. It’s a bit of a sinister set up for what is essentially 50 minutes of laughter.
The play goes between real life where Isaac shares his tales on how many girls he’s kissed, while Lawrence ends up telling Isaac he’s broken up with his girlfriend of two years; and the wolf story, Alpha and Beta, and their epic journey for survival. There are moments of tension in the story, for example when we learn that Isaac kissed Lawrence’s girlfriend….before they even dated. But in the end, the boys’ friendship is strong enough and they reconcile.
The boys behind this comedy are clearly at ease with each other. Their sense of confidence has grown tremendously since last year’s Sounds from the Turtle Shell. Their stage presence is great, accentuated by a simple set that serves for both the human and wolf scenes. While the actors themselves say that the story is a bit like the end of a friendship, the point doesn’t come across all that strongly in the play, although you do get a sense that both characters are clearly taking different paths in their lives. In the end, I say this: go see Wolves>Boys for the laughs and the hilarious flashlight work!
Lasted exactly 50 minutes. Some swearing, some smoking.
Wolves>Boys is playing at Venue 4 – Studio Léonard-Beaulne (135 Seraphin-Marion) on Sunday June 17 at 12:00pm, Tuesday June 19 at 10:00pm, Thursday June 21 at 8:30pm, Friday June 22 at 8:30pm, and Sunday June 24 at 4:30pm.