This teen-angst play takes its title from a Sylvia Plath poem, but starts promisingly. A depressed girl talks about the insult of being medicated out of what, to a teenager, seems to be a logical expression of disgust at a world not entirely figured to her needs. Other characters are dealing with autism, homosexuality, and the temptation to have vaginoplasty. The play is occasionally insightful, and the actors frequently show virtue. The style is strange but engaging, but the piece is badly structured and as a result the real drama is not fully realised. Two short dance pieces emerge from the chaos, not unimpressive but by no means seamlessly integrated, and though the show engages it fails to satisfy.
C aquila, 3-27 Aug, 8.50pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Thom May]