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The Birthing Pit

ensemble theatre · a gothic romance · Ages 18+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by MICHAEL FONTAINE

June 20, 2017 my haunt life · original article

What I liked

The story, the acting, the costuming

What I didn't like

The only criticism I have is I would have liked to have heard an actual voice at times (Porter, Ship’s Captain) instead of the actor starting the conversation and having a second of confusion.

My overall impression

This show is one of the hidden gems at Fringe. A Gothic romance story set at the end of the Revolutionary War that makes you think about love and responsibility. The exchanges between John (played by Jensen Chambers) and Castella (played by Maia Kazin) are heartfelt and at times, heartbreaking.

When John gets separated from Castella, there’s a flashback of their life. The emotional breakdown that follows shows you the pain and anguish he’s in as he’s reminiscing over his true love.

You see what love can do to you and what you’ll do for it…to keep it close to you.

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