Tuesday, 22 October 2013

SITTING IN LIMBO: Tragicomic God’s Door provocatively examines ideas of fate and existence

ANOTHER WORLD: Cast members in a scene from the surrealist drama.

God’s Door (EMC School of Drama)
Director: Rachael Allen
Cast: Monique Hill, Whitney Roberts, Andre Tucker, Rajeave Mattis, and Kaydian Ancel
Venue: Dennis Scott Theatre, Edna Manley College

After an unfortunate vehicular accident, the four main characters(sassy Clove, coarse Joel, fruity Keith and resilient Maria) who populate Russell Watson’s dark and surrealist morality play God’s Door find themselves in an eerie purgatorial realm where they are mercilessly harassed by a ruthless deity referred to as the Oxymoron (Whitney Roberts, super-expressive) and her cohort of vultures who, through as series of games and temptations, force the quartet to confront their history of personal choices and relive the (sometimes horrific) consequences of their actions.

Most interesting is Maria’s desperate quest for salvation, which she’s convinced is lurking behind the giant wooden door (prominently positioned centre-stage, as a sort of mysterious focal point) she’s being prevented from entering.

Marked by adult situations and strong language (the dialogue comes laced with profanity) the brow-raising one-hour play is occasionally off-putting in its exploration of existence and fate, danger and desire. But one can’t seriously deny the appeal of the student actors’ fervent commitment to their roles (particularly Monique Hill’s headstrong Maria) – and director Rachael Allen’s respectable attempt at heightening our awareness of human fallibility as she brings Watson’s tragicomic, if slightly twisted, vision of life and death to the stage. Tyrone’s Verdict: B

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