Saving Cain

ensemble theatre · winner entertainment · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by MIKE REYES

June 21, 2019 mike-check.com original article

What I liked

The entire cast assembled does a tremendous job, watching Hernandez skillfully portray Levi throughout the years from his highs and lows is a real pleasure to see. Leah Verrill’s performance of Lauralai is one of the most powerful I have seen on stage at the Fringe Festival, if there was a nomination for best actress at Fringe there is no doubt in my mind she would be a top contender. The religious conviction and emotions that she displays are palpable you can’t help but be drawn in, all eyes are on her when she is on stage.

Broaching religious and political topics can be challenging, with so many viewpoints and dissenting opinions they can be tricky waters to navigate successfully, what makes this show so great, is that it handles all of these various perspectives with validity and tact. Even if you try and avoid shows that discuss regions and politics, I would ask you to leave your thoughts at the door and give this one a chance.

What I didn't like

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My overall impression

Saving Cain is a human-centric multi-layered story with a tremendous amount of depth it simultaneously provides a commentary on our current geopolitical climate, dealing with the struggles of a single parent household, addiction, losing yourself in religious fanaticism, and ultimately finding your own strength and moving towards your path to peace. There is quite a bit to unpack in the exceptional show which runs a little over an hour and a half. I will do my best to summarize my thoughts.

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