ensemble theatre · fermented apples · Ages 15+ · United States

world premiere
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June 24, 2013

My overall impression

Stranded written and also acted by Fiona Lakeland is a dramatic piece about sexual abuse and the effects it has on two sisters played by Fiona Lakeland and Kimberly Connelly. Fiona who plays Lucy is the older sister is trying to face her demons of sexual abuse while Kimberly plays Annabelle the younger sister who has resorted to childlike behavior to be in denial of the issue entirely.

Stranded is a collaboration of the writer, director Adrian LaTourelle and Kimberly Connelly. They were inspired by the writings and journals of Sylvia Plath and Marilyn Monroe.

I applaud anyone who makes an attempt to create something new when obviously fueled by passion, and the Hollywood Fringe Festival is the perfect venue for that. I did see potential in the piece but felt it was under rehearsed, as it was more like an acting class scene and less a fully realized production. I hope the trio continues to create and grow in their projects together.

Stranded runs at Theater of Note (1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd.) June 25th 8:00 pm and June 26th 10:30 pm / Tickets $10

Review by Jennie Sheffield

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