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O, Fallen One

ensemble theatre · curlicue & co. · Ages 16+ · world premiere · United States

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Review by SPENCER JOHNSON

June 26, 2013 certified reviewer

My overall impression

The opening scene was riveting as Ophelia arrives at the hospital and interacts with the cold, methodical nurse. The nurse was fantastic throughout. The doctor was the only character who seemed out of place, but it seemed to be more of how he was written than the actor himself. It seemed strange that a doctor who is so caring would immediately bring the ex boyfriend, who clearly triggered the meltdown, in to see his patient. The ex-bf was also almost too cold, showing no sense of sympathy. I mean I know you broke things off with her, but she meant something to you at some point didn’t she? No sympathy for seeing her in an asylum? Then again if I remember Hamlet, that was exactly what he was like. Megan’s portrayal of Ophelia was spot on. At times there was a haunting emptiness in her eyes that you expect only from someone truly insane. I really enjoyed the movement and music. The closing pool suicide attempt dance was riveting. Overall, a really good modern take on the Ophelia tale.

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