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A silver-haired woman sits at a table with throwaway coffee cups and a rolled-up sheet of paper. She begins by describing a painting: a woman’s form over the cityscape of Glasgow. This painting, we find out, aptly describes the city. This is a man’s town, particularly when the men in your life are all gangsters and you’re trying to break out of the mess of the family business by becoming an art gallery owner. Ciara, played by the talented and gorgeous Linda Grass, weaves a novelistic portrait of fathers, husbands, brothers, and a police officer nicknamed ‘Foreskin,’ caught on a battleground which, try as she has, nonetheless shaped her identity. Grass is riveting storyteller, taking the hit from the Edinburgh Fringe and— barring a lively debate in The Guardian whether Scots can write theatre the world might find relatable (there are apparently a lot of Glasgow references)—turning it into a fascinating portrait of a hard-to-imagine life for Edmonton audiences. Reviewed by Jay Smith.


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