This new American play follows two sisters and their escape from an abusive father and mother, and is good evidence that much free Fringe theatre is as worth seeing as the stuff you have to pay for. The premise is a little weak but, after a slow start, there is a long central section of engrossing drama. The twists at the end feel a bit like a slow wringing, but they’re just about believable, while the production is coherent, and the direction uses an unusual space to the play’s advantage. The script doesn’t give the actors much to hold onto in terms of creating emotionally developed characters, and the acting suffers as a result, but this is certainly competent and energetically performed theatre.
The Fiddler’s Elbow, 6-25 Aug, 2.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Thom May]