Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Fine Line, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield.
Rita and Angie are best friends. Rita is with Angie through the vagaries of life: puberty, pregnancy, a shotgun marriage, infidelity, illness, loss. But it’s only in middle-age that Rita is able to express her true feelings, to cross the fine line between friendship and something more.
Ronnie Dorsey’s monologue, ably performed by Judith Paris, is the story of two women’s lives; the joys and sorrows, the feelings that get swept under the carpet because they are deemed to be unacceptable, and perhaps – if one is lucky – get expressed before it’s too late.
Dorsey’s writing expresses restrained emotions with subtlety and sensitivity, but the tone of her play is perhaps too even. Rita is used to suppressing her feelings, but that doesn’t mean that the emotions never earth themselves.
The piece is strongest when it describes specific details, such as the elderly woman who sees her life slipping from her and smashes her precious china figurines.
If Dorsey could show us her story more often, rather than simply telling us what happened, this tale about a love which dares to speak its name in the nick of time would be even more moving and surprising.
Assembly Hall (Venue 35) until 31 August
Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015
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