Monday, October 19, 2009
Susan Hodara's new one-act has a number of the elements of a good dramatic yarn. Unfortunately it also bears the marks of an incompletely integrated and realized vision. The story has promise as a semi-fantastical tale: Bernie, a small-time magician who is seemingly friendless except for an arthritic rabbit, befriends Jane, an even more lonely orphan; in time he adopts her and trains her as his assistant. But Georgie Caldwell's appealing performance as Jane can't debug the problematic, cliché-ridden script or overcome the significant structural problems.