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The Small Things



Language and horror swirl throughout this ink-black work by Irish playwright Edna Walsh. Produced by Edmonton’s Blarney Productions, The Small Things is a work of punishing brutality powerfully told by local talents Nadien Chu and Brian Dooley—known only as “the woman” and “the man.” Dooley is especially effective, sitting throughout the entire hour but no less devastating for it. Words here are everything. The contorting, tripping, slipping language slowly sketches these two from vague, nearly senile characters into vivid survivors and agents of nightmare-level violence and suffering. Only words are what they have to offer each other, the only thing that gets them through dark days and darker nights. Go to appreciate the richness of Edmonton’s acting depth, but don’t go for a bump of optimism. Not everything has to be feel-good, but this blackness grips you and is hard to shake even after the stage lights go up. Review by Josh Marcellin.


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