Friday, November 10, 2006

Dark Matters: 11/10/2006

Belief in aliens and alien abduction as a metaphor for escaping a troubled family life could make for an interesting play – but not so for Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s Dark Matters. Grounded in a naturalistic approach and played with movie-of-the-week earnestness, Dark Matters is doomed from the first scene. Trip Cullman’s direction doesn’t help much; he basically leaves no melodramatic trick untried. Even the wonderful Elizabeth Marvel can’t salvage the evening when the odds are stacked so wildly against her. I understand that I did see the first preview, but unless Dark Matters undergoes a total rewrite, I can’t see it getting much better.

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