Saving Cain

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

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Review by JIM BLANCHETTE

June 24, 2019 certified reviewer
tagged as: drama · world premiere · emotional

What I liked

Leah Verrill and Lenny Hernandez have great chemistry together, embodying a tumultuous parent/child relationship.

What I didn't like

This isn’t a problem as much as a suggestion for future productions. This feels like a two act play. The first half is Levi’s story and the second half is Lauralai’s story. It’s not practical to do a two act play at Fringe, but I feel an act break would really help the audience transition.

My overall impression

Nobody handles serious material better than Leah Verrill. She is quirky and funny one moment and can be emotionally raw with the flip of a switch. This is the kind of role that is built for her. The supporting cast is rich with talent and keep the play moving forward. David Chrzanowski brings the best out of his cast, knowing when to pull back the reins and when to let his actors fly. Aaron Kozak’s script is ambitious, juggling together the two stories of his main characters. Saving Cain is a lovely drama.

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