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The Providence Of Neighboring Bodies (Dutch Kills Theater Company)

By | Published on Friday 17 August 2018

From the moment the endearingly delusional Dora opens her mouth, I’m hooked by the quirky charm of this play. As the programme mentioned beavers – at length – I was nonplussed while watching the story of Dora’s burgeoning friendship with her awkward neighbour Ronnie. But when Ronnie’s Airbnb guest arrives in the form of Jane, an anthropomorphic beaver, things started to make sense. Kind of. As much as a story about two women and a talking beaver could make sense. Beneath the fantastical silliness, however, there beats a heart of social commentary. Rhode Island’s historical disdain for beavers is an analogue for racial and cultural intolerance, and I was impressed by how such a serious issue was handled in a manner both sensitive and whimsical.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andy Leask]