Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Chrysalis Stage: 08/23/2006

The Chrysalis Stage is appropriately disturbing. Frank has abducted Shawna from a roller-skating rink and is holding her captive. Frank is completely looney-toons crazy and Shawna is a teenage tuff street urchin, and yet as three years pass, Shawna has come to see him as a substitute father/would-be lover. After a very rocky first few minutes of Frank addressing his non-responsive prisoner, things pick up considerably and rise to a very tense climax. Timothy Roselle is suitably insane as the abductor and Jessi Campbell manages to pull off the complex emotions of his hostage. Writer/director Cobey Mandarino does a respectable job staging his own play – which is certainly no easy task.

Fringe Rating: 7 (out of 10)

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