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METH: A LOVE STORY presented by #theatercompany as part of the 2015 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.
You can read the show description here.
When I attend a performance, there are elements that pull me in and pull me out of the experience. Ideally it’s more of the former and less of the latter. Things that don’t ring true to me, emotionally and logically, collect in my critical brain over the course of the show. Too many and I do reach a point of saturation where the show just doesn’t work for me.
METH: A LOVE STORY doesn’t work for me.
Most of it is due to the script. I don’t believe the environment of the show. I don’t buy the circumstances of how the college students came to be in this situation. I felt there were times when attempts were being made to manipulate my emotions instead of appealing to them. And I didn’t make a connection with the characters, so the tragedy doesn’t have an impact except for some brief shock value.
Performance wise, I thought Katie McDonald as Mommy Methhead did strong and consistent work. The last scene between her and Laura McCarthy as Spunky Methhead had some solid emotional beats to it.
To be fair, I am in the minority in my opinion with other Fringe-goers. I also acknowledge that these kind of “inconsistencies” bother me more than the average theater-goer.
Regardless of how I responded to it, please know that I appreciate all the hard work that went into it. Two performances remain through June 5.
I would enjoy hearing what you think about the show or my review. All I ask is that you express your opinion without attacking someone else’s opinion. You can post your comments below