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Play reaches for the moon

Quebec-born writer-director-performer Robert Lepage’s “The Far Side of the Moon” is an inner voyage to outer space.
Drawing on childhood memories of man’s race into space, Lepage creates a haunting tale that revolves around the rivalry between the United States and Russia to reach the moon, and around sibling rivalry as two brothers attempt to come to terms with the recent loss of their mother.
The solo drama, in which Lepage plays the brothers, is set to an original score by Laurie Anderson and features mechanical sets, puppets and plenty of spectacle. It will be staged at the LG Arts Center on March 13-15.
“By turning my attention towards certain moments of the space race, I was forced to revisit my childhood and an important part of my teenage years,” Lepage has said. “The most difficult part for me was when I realized that my younger years, which I believe to be a sunny time of my life, were often set in moon-like colors ― blues and grays.”

by Jeon Yu-mi

Performances are at 8 p.m. March 13 and 14 and 4 p.m. March 15 at the LG Arts Center. For information, call (02) 2005-0114, or check out the Web site
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