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Three senior women (Sally, Lena and Vi) and their neighbour Mrs. Jarrett engage in mundane conversation revolving around their domestic lives as evening sets in. As the dialogue progresses, the writing takes a turn into a doom-laden landscape, imagining the collapse of Western civilization into an abstract and fraught apocalypse. Adjunct to the increasingly poetic craft of director Caryl Churchill’s work were performances that plateaued well before the climax. The performance given by Judy McFerran (Mrs. Jarrett) had moments of wonderful honesty, yet the show as a whole lacked energy and capitalized on flat delivery. Churchill’s occasionally clever writing allowed for moments of excitement such as when the four companions break into a fun cover of Crystals' “Da Doo Run Run,” which was the most flattering part of the show by far. – Alexandra Dawkins


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Dates / Times:
  • 8:00 pm - 2018/08/16
  • 6:00 pm - 2018/08/19
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One Review

    Marek Holis

    Review review:

    This is a poorly written and underresearched review which gives us no insight into the play but does tell us a lot about the standards of journalism upheld at Vue Weekly. I have a few questions:

    How does a play capitalize on flat delivery?
    In what way were the performances an adjunct – yes, an adjunct – to “the increasingly poetic craft of director Caryl Churchill’s work”?
    How and why was Da Doo Ron Ron (not Run Run) flattering? Who was it flattering?

    Finally, why would Caryl Churchill, one of the most celebrated British playwrights of the last half-century with dozens of plays in her oeuvre and a woman approaching her ninth decade be directing a Fringe show?

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