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How Is Uncle John? (Creative Garage)

By | Published on Sunday 21 August 2016

How Is Uncle John Ed2016

A mother grieves her distant daughter, Hope, and contemplates their failure to communicate. In fact, Hope has been trafficked by her boyfriend while on holiday in Italy, but her mother must first confront her own trauma and fears in order to reach her. It’s a good premise, but unfortunately the play doesn’t go much further, and it’s a pity to see the actors limited by a script which is at times confusing and repetitive. The fact that they are always separate on stage works more symbolically than dramatically, and the withholding of important information until the last moments obscures the mother’s emotional journey. The essence is great, but it is sadly lost in execution.

Assembly Hall, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Jane Berg]