ED2017 2/5 Reviews ED2017 Theatre Reviews

Paper Doll (Weird Sisters)

By | Published on Monday 21 August 2017

There was something off about most of the dialogue in ‘Paper Doll’. I can’t be entirely sure if it’s the fault of the script or the delivery (or both), but it felt forced and unnatural. At first I hoped this was intentional, reflecting the tensions between the characters (a childless couple, bearing scars both physical and emotional), as their dark desires and dangerous fantasies were explored in an uneasily heightened reality. Something changed in the middle, though. As the husband’s unorthodox plan unfolded the script briefly came alive, only for things to unravel at the climax. The conclusion managed one impressive feat: it made clichéd, predictable gender stereotypes feel artificial and inauthentic.

Greenside @ Infirmary Street, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Andy Leask]