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Blood Orange (Electric Theatre Workshop)

By | Published on Tuesday 5 August 2014

Prepositions, conjunctions dropped make script stilted, not Shakespearian. Metaphors, similes, like rabbits on Viagra, breed and overwhelm pretty script garden of interesting Generation X disconnection flowers. Chorus, interrupting, show what actors can tell well without help. Choppy sentence fragments tumble clustered, shouted into overblown monologue. Plot uninspired, yet well drawn, like copy of American History X, shows power of far right seduction. Actors fight disability of language to lift play like crane, swimming through metaphor swamp to cut to emotional chase of love, hate. Conclusion, inevitable as chemical comedown, wraps up message elegantly without over obviousness. Still, stars, as on cloudy night, remain half covered.

Summerhall, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andrew Bell]