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Entropy (Jennifer Roslyn Wingate)

By | Published on Tuesday 14 August 2018

It’s clear from the moment Sam turns up on the doorstep of Barbara, his estranged step-mother, that something bad happened in the past. Over the course of the play, a relentless succession of dark hints and veiled threats combine to reveal a truth – if not the truth. Frequently their accounts of the past diverge, and tension is drawn from their contrasting memories, acted out on stage. In these interludes, the characters’ demeanours often contrast with their actions, belying the veracity of the narrative. This intriguing device is, ultimately, the play’s biggest weakness. As all things tend to entropy, to disorder and dissolution, so the play’s resolution is unclear; mired in unreliable narration, it leaves the audience feeling faintly dissatisfied.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Leask]