Monday, August 22, 2005

SARAJEVO'S CHILD

SHOW TITLE: SARAJEVO'S CHILD
RUNNING TIME: 1h 0m
VENUE: Connelly Theatre
GENRE: Drama
AIR CONDITIONED: Yes
INTERMISSION: No

RATING (0-4): 3

RATING SCALE:

0 Run, don’t walk, away from this disaster
1 Proceed with caution
2 Mild summer fare
3 More than just hype
4 Don’t miss this one its FRINGE-tastic!

COMMENTS:

Since this show was about the true journey of Nadja Halilbegovich, who fled her homeland during the Bosnian War and recorded it in her diary, I had expected this to be a one woman show – so I was surprised that the cast consisted of 5 people, each of whom took on the first person while delivering passages from the woman’s diary. It was nicely directed, but I often tire of watching adults “play” children. An enthralling story and touching ending. A modern Anne Frank, with a much better ending. This was also one of the best set designs I’ve ever seen in a Fringe show. It was very simple, but clean and clear and beautiful and used the space very well. The direction was very clever and innovative for a play that really had very few textual directions. One actress, Lisa Lemley, stood out as exceptional. The sound design was also quite good.

POST-FRINGE PREDICTIONS:

Would love to read this diary. Should be a regionally produced play or an educational touring production.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A much better ending than Anne Frank? Are you stupid, insensitive, or both?

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the reviewer meant "better" in regards to the outcome...

Chill.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chill? Sorry if pointing out that saying something is like Anne Frank only with a "much better ending" is gives you bad feelings- but come on. That was a stupid, poorly thought out, poorly written line- and that should be clear to anyone. Also, there is an implied line of thinking that maybe that Anne Frank thing would be more satisfying if they didn't kill the jews at the end. Fuck that.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In reading this review I did not get the impression that the writer was in any way trying to be disrespectful to Anne Frank or the horrors that were endured by the Jewish people.

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the "implied line of thinking" by the reviewer was that this is a story of a young girl who had to endure struggles that no young girl should, as did Anne Frank, and that her ordeal does not end tragically as did Anne Franks'.

8:36 AM  
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