ED2012 1/5 Reviews ED2012 Theatre Reviews

Letters, Boxes and Other Things That Shouldn’t Be Opened (Rare Notions Theatre Company)

By | Published on Wednesday 8 August 2012

Oh dear. I wish I’d read the pretentious programme description before I was subjected to this tedious, confused catastrophe of a show, though I don’t know if being prepared would have helped. It comprises two short, wildly different yet equally dire plays. The first has five actresses on stage simultaneously, representing different points of the protagonist’s life. Sadly, this promising device is not used well, as we race through an incoherent plot, which seems to suggest that women who suffer a miscarriage will lose their minds and stab their husbands, who are lovely and/or abusive (it’s not clear). The second is a nasty, distastefully unfunny comedy about mental illness. I honestly can’t criticise this turgid, juvenile mess strongly enough.

C nova, 2-11 Aug, 2.05pm.
tw rating 1/5 | Andrew Leask


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