Atlantic Fringe Festival: Portrait of small-town life misses mark

Fault Lines examines how family and friends cope when death unexpectedly knocks on the door. Sometimes, emotional fault lines, finger-pointing and feelings of blame surface when something so tragic occurs.

This touching story dealing with the trials that surface after losing a loved one, written and directed by Andrea Dymond, runs at the Bus Stop Theatre.

While this drama’s subject matter is deep and somewhat dark, the performance, through no fault in particular, does not come across as powerful.

The trio of women, Jessica Barry as Raven, Rena May Kossatz as Glenda and Paige Smith as Anna, acting out this small-town story, set in Truro between the ’50s and ’90s, were convincing in their roles, but the characters themselves had too many personal issues. This hampered the audience’s ability to love them.

As a result of this and the emotional monologues, delivered simultaneously by two actors at the same-metred pace, the death — which should have been the crux of the story — does not cut deeply.

Instead, this show is an intense inspection of each characters’ individual life.

The show runs at the Bus Stop on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

 As published Sept. 2, 2014 in The Chronicle Herald.


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