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Tarragon Theatre – Wajdi Mouawad’s Scorched

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reviewed by Paula Citron
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Scorched
Tarragon Theatre
Written by Wajdi Mouawad
Directed by Richard Rose
Starring Alon Nashman, Fabrizio Filippo, Sophie Goulet, Alex Poch-Goldin, Janick Hébert, Allegra Fulton, Diana LeBlanc, Valerie Buhagiar and Jerry Franken
At the Tarragon Theatre until Jun. 27.

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Wajdi Mouawad’s Scorched has a charmed life. The play is now back for its third run at the Tarragon, and despite significant cast changes, can still pack a wallop.

The setting is a troubled Moslem country that resembles Lebanon, with shades of all the Middle East and African conflicts thrown in. Two parallel stories interweave. In the present day are two twins from Montreal who search for their father and brother. In the past, is the story of their mother’s harrowing life. Director Richard Rose ensures that the point of intersection of the two stories is dramatic and intense.

Seeing a play a second, even a third time, can be an enriching experience, and Scorched is a case in point. The characters and the plot run deep and remain absolutely compelling.

Kudos to newcomers Allegra Fulton, Jerry Franken, Fabrizio Filippo, and particularly Diana LeBlanc for their considerable acting skills.

Scorched continues at the Tarragon Theatre until Jan. 27.

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