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The Centre of the Labyrinth

 

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Have you ever dug for the perfect metaphor for life's mysteries? Shelley has. This one-woman story centres around an aging '60s flower child (Shelley) and her relationship with her estranged son who has had a history with drug abuse. While listening to some Simon and Garfunkel, Shelley eagerly awaits for Thanksgiving—a time when her two children spend time with her. Shelley recounts the good times with her son who is now constantly jumping from job to job and city to city. His life is in shambles and Shelley believes it's her fault. When she is told something traumatic has happened to her son, Shelley wrestles with grief, depression, and addiction while attempting to find solace in a spiritual labyrinth. The play's story is mostly chronological, with Shelley diving off into tangents with the acting feeling somewhat forced at times. Honestly, some of the plot kind of runs into a wall, but you need to realize that this play is based off of Shelley Campbell's actual life. This play is a cathartic release for her and even though some of the story work better as a podcast, you have to give her credit for the ability to recount in such intricate detail. Reviewed by Stephan Boissonneault.
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3/ 5


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  • 6:15 pm - 2017/08/18
  • 2:15 pm - 2017/08/19
  • 11:00 pm - 2017/08/21
  • 4:15 pm - 2017/08/22
  • 12:00 pm - 2017/08/23
  • 9:30 pm - 2017/08/25
  • 4:15 pm - 2017/08/26



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Posted 2017/08/19 by


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2 Reviews


  1.  
    Chad Gee

    Best show I’ve seen so far! Compelling and relatable story of loss and spiritual growth. Funny and engaging top to bottom.




  2.  
    Kent S

    Shelley lets the audience in on a very personal & traumatic time in her life and how she eventually comes to terms with it. The play is a catharsis both for Shelley and the audience.





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