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Review: Sorry



Directed by Shannon Hayes

Reviewed by Jess Wind

Cast: Natasha Thompson, Reilly Ellis

Plays again:

Saturday, April 26 at 8:40 p.m.

Sunday, April 27 at 4:00 p.m.

At first you think it’s a story about one woman’s twitchy trigger finger and the unfortunate man who knocked on her door. But, as the dialogue unfolds and Wayne (Ellis) becomes increasingly less trustworthy, you discover there is more going on. A well-dressed set provides the comfortable living area for the show to unfold and Thompson uses the space effectively and purposefully. The dialogue is fast-paced and comical which allows the characters to move toward the real elements that brought them to the same room. Eventually, the conflict shifts and the question of violence underlines each line: what is violence and who is guilty of it? Is it the gun-wielding actress/waitress who is paranoid of being alone in New York city, or is it the guy on the roof with binoculars, reminding us what it’s like to be surveilled? Sorry seems to apologize for both, without ever deciding which is the more violent of crimes.

Memorable lines:

“When you’re done, I’d like to talk to them too. You see, I was shot by a neighbour with an unlicensed gun.”

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