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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Review: Jocasta's Noose (Fringe)

by Gaëtan L. Charlebois

Somewhere hidden in this clunky work there is a very good short work but playwright Ann Lambert is both too ambitious and not ambitious enough with her piece. Too ambitious because there are too many plots for a short work (which cause an endless number of fucking blackouts and characters we don't give a shit about) and a shelter's-worth of cats are yanked out of the bag in the last 15 minutes. Not ambitious enough because she does not trust her two central figures, nor does she find a way to have the play be just about them and, so, find the quietude the work sorely lacks. The plot is intriguing enough - a teacher of a certain age who finds solace in the arms of a young immigrant - but so much else gets in the way including the playwright who is also the director and is definitely old enough to know better than to direct her own work.

What definitely works, however, is Laura Mitchell's fascinating portrayal of the teacher (most of the rating below is for her).


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