Friday, January 12, 2007

The Monument

This grim and bracing two-hander, which has been given a spare, intense production by the Clockwork Theatre Company, is loaded with moral complexities: a soldier who raped and killed nearly two dozen women is "saved" from execution by a mysterious woman on the condition that he do whatever she says for the rest of his life. The playwright (Colleen Wagner) keeps upping the ante - as the unsentimental relationship between these two characters evolves, so do our perceptions of right and wrong - but the play's impact is weakened by a lack of nuance: its points are hit as if nails with a sledgehammer.

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