Atlantic Fringe Festival: Inner city tales make The Adversary poignant, visceral

Often in life, our worst enemy may be ourselves. It’s a fact Andrew Bailey makes prominent in his play The Adversary, which is playing at the Bus Stop Theatre as part of this year’s Atlantic Fringe Festival.

His one-man show is a monologue with characters from his time as an inner city church caretaker. Aside from jobs like trimming hedges and mowing the lawn, he was tasked with keeping the rule of law and had to deal with drug addicts overstaying their welcome.

It’s a visceral human story of the inner moral struggles he faced when deciding how to deal with the underside of society — trying to find rational solutions to irrational situations.

He considers the marginalization of the poor, along with those who’ve faced life on the streets due to some substance.

He is versatile and precise in his storytelling ability and still his comedian side smiles from the dark shadows of the topics he discusses:

 Whether rules or higher laws hold more regard.

 Whether justice always holds such ambiguity and subjectiveness.

This play is poignant and purposeful. It makes you think about whom and what we try so hard to sweep aside and hide.

Come see this very sincere and enlightening performance from the passionate Bailey. It’s still playing at The Bus Stop Theatre, today at 9:30 p.m., Monday – 2:30 p.m., Wednesday – 7:30 p.m., Thursday – 7:30 p.m., Friday – 10:30 p.m., and Saturday, 3 p.m.


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