Reviewed by Paula Citron
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Written by Sarah Kane
Directed by Brendan Healy
Featuring David Ferry, Michelle Monteith and Dylan Smith
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Sept. 22 to Oct. 17, 2010
Terrible, horrible, awful things happen in British writer Sarah Kane’s 1995 play Blasted. There is, however, a tortured beauty in her vision.
Kane committed suicide at the age of 28 in 1999. Her personal demons are manifested by a cry against inhumanity. Kane drags us down to the maw of hell but she does leave us a sliver of hope.
David Ferry plays a dying journalist. Michelle Monteith is his step-daughter. Their encounter in a hotel room is brutal and bizarre to the extreme. Further fowling the nest is an intruder performed by Dylan Smith.
Blasted is being given a near perfect production by director Brendan Healy. Ferry gives the performance of a lifetime, while Monteith is one of the greatest new generation actors. The design elements – set, lighting, sound – are superb.
This savage play will challenge, provoke, disturb and even sicken you, but it is not to be missed.
Blasted continues at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre until Oct. 17.