By William Kutarna
60 minutes | Drama | Mature
Small Creatures Such As We is a two person show, created by Meagan McDonald and Vishesh Abeyratne. The play is about the turbulent relationship of two young adults who reunite after many years apart. As we learn more about their past in a series of flashbacks, we get to understand more the nature of their present relationship. The play reaches an emotional climax towards the end as the reason for their separation is revealed.
The writing of the play was well paced, with new information being given to the audience in a steady trickle. The tension between the two characters on stage was visible, and very engaging to watch. Costuming and stage positioning was used to juxtapose past and present narratives. As a simpleminded audience member, this made it not too hard to follow.
Both performers gave an emotionally charged performance. They also showed nuance as they switched between the characters of who they are now, and who they were. As we age from teenagers to adults, many things change and some things stay the same. This was reflected in the portrayals of the evolving characters across the time lapse. Writer/actor Meagan McDonald was particularly strong, showing a very believable picture of vulnerability and resolve.
An intense show, especially from near the front, I would recommend the show to anyone looking for strong emotional performances or a more serious, character-driven plot.
Small Creatures Such As We, Academic Hall, 133 Séraphin-Marion, Wednesday, June 22, 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 25, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, June 26, 4:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12.