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Doom’s Day (The Wax House)

By | Published on Sunday 19 August 2018

The true story of Joe Badame is a sweet, humanising look behind the cliched image of doomsday preppers. In Joe’s abiding love for his wife Phyllis we see the honest emotions and thoughts behind this extreme lifestyle. Much of the script is Joe’s own words, lending the piece a real poignancy, especially at the powerfully emotive climax, which reveals the depth of his love and his commitment to humanity. My only reservation is the bizarre coda, in which two cardboard cut-out, cliched preppers spout exactly the kind of caricatured hyperbole the show has otherwise eschewed. I can’t speak to the purpose of this, but it’s a minor issue in an otherwise uplifting, affective piece of theatre.

C South, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 [Andy Leask]