Treason

ensemble theatre · bear elegance productions · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by BENJAMIN NICHOLSON

June 10, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

The tension of the Treason family unit (the citizens of the domestic Republic of Kalipoly) will be familiar to anyone whose shared a household (or country) with an alcoholic and/or malignant narcissist. The politics of the nuclear family unit are brought to bear on our contemporary Political situation in a manner that is both amusing and frightening. Dave Crossland’s depiction of the despotic father, Grant, is classic white mail supremacy in action and you gleefully root for his downfall.

What I didn't like

As satire/allegory go, I think that it would have been interesting to see some of the behavior of the Wilson family become a bit more strange; what’s shown in this play is a fantastic depiction of the mechanics of alcoholism and domestic abuse, but I wonder if some some more conceits were borrowed from traditions of totalitarian regimes and suicide cults if the play could have had even more emotional impact (as-is, though, it was terrific).

My overall impression

Bigly (or big-league) intelligent premise, fantastic acting, and topical relevance gives the “treason” we may see in our own lives a familial plausibility.

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