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Executing Justice

 

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Is the electric chair evil? Don’t expect any easy answers, or easy viewing, from this claustrophobic one-man written and intensely performed by Manitoba’s Bill Pats. Pats shows the sad slide one Winnipeg man takes from happy boy to foster care to prison, solitary confinement, murdering a cop and, you guessed it, state-sanctioned death by high voltage (the play takes place in 2030, in a hypothetical Canada that reinstates capital punishment). Often unsettling, Justice forces you to consider the bleakest parts of society’s shortcomings—most often caused apathy towards the sick and poor. Pats’ performance has fire—there are enough spittle-flecked, vein-popping and chilling moments of confession—but his narrative arc tilts until it loses balance. His murderer comes off as nearly blameless, almost wholly a victim. You want to hang the whole system, but not condemn the killer. Overall, it’s compelling, but uncomfortable. Reviewed by Josh Marcellin.
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