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SummerWorks Theatre Festival 2010 – The Innocents, Or, Shed

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Reviewed by Paula Citron

And here are three more SummerWorks reviews.

Daniel Karasik both wrote and directed The Innocents, and his style is reminiscent of a young David Mamet. I needed a stronger actor in the lead role, but despite the fact that the acting may be uneven, this fast and snappy portrait of people looking for the meaning of life is compelling theatre. A fresh twist on an over-used plot.

Liz Duffy Adams’ Or, is one of those wonderful modern renderings of old English verse plays, in this case, set in the time of Charles 11. The heroine is real life female playwright Aphra Behn, and the language and acting are both delicious.

Young playwright Leah Jane Esau had a great idea for Shed, based on the true incident where kids locked a boy in a shed and set it on fire. Unfortunately, she falls into plot predictability while director Justin Madol allows the teenage actors to mumble.

SummerWorks continues until Sunday.

The Innocents, Or, Shed
SummerWorks Theatre Festival 2010
Factory Theatre Mainspace, Aug. 5 to 15

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