A Void

kirsten kearse · Ages 14+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 20, 2017 http://www.myhauntlife.com original article

What I liked

The performances of the entire cast add warmth and humor to an increasingly awkward situation. The comedy is fun, but the message underneath is incredibly though-provoking.

What I didn't like

Some of the staging was a bit awkward, but I believe this is a result of the stage having only one entrance to the backstage area. Would love to see this play in a bigger space with a more detailed set.

My overall impression

I complement the lead actresses of this show with an odd observation – I was extremely uncomfortable watching this show. The two women create a family dynamic as sisters that is incredibly honest, effective, and completely believable. The relationship, already awkward in vibe, gets more uncomfortable as the play unfolds. Every head turn, every condescending sideways glance conveys years of frustration and competition between these two women. The mildly sci-fi elements of the plot becomes the excuse for way too much honesty to come flooding out of both women. Their verbal interaction is the heart of the show, and it succeeds incredibly well. I felt like I was eavesdropping on something I shouldn’t hear. The humor is amped up by the absurdity of the whole premise, but a strong message about avoiding responsibility for you own actions resonates by the end.

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