Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Acts of Redemption, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield.
“Most people try to live a good life,” says one of the characters in this series of six monologues by American writer Ken Jaworowski. “But what happens when a good person gets into a bad place?” That’s certainly true of the father who teaches his son how to fight the school bully, only to find that he does it too well, and the housewife who briefly glimpses the possibility of another life in her husband’s winning lottery ticket.
Then there’s the drunken newlywed who gets into a tight spot when both the women in his life fall for the same dog, and the man with chronic heart disease who wants to release his daughter from the obligations of caring for him.
Some of these vignettes are stronger than others, and the same is true for the performances. The writing tends to the predictable, and one wishes for a uniting thread.
The first is the strongest, the cynical seen-it-all girl with a penchant for designer clothes and Siberian vodka, who meets a man in the wrong kind of bar who asks her if she’s sad. While the others ran their course in ten minutes, she left us wanting to know what happened next.
Underbelly (Venue 61) until 30 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 11 August 2015
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