Reviewed by Amanda Dookie @letitbeamandad
45 min | Dramedy | Mature
When life gives you lemons, you make jelly in Eleanor Crowder’s Windfall Jelly. Jam-packed with dramatic rhetorical devices such as epizeuxes and metaphors about life lessons, Windfall Jelly is a performance that tells the story of a husband and wife whose marriage has hit a turbulent storm.
For the Fringe Festival, a cast of six people is relatively large and I was looking forward to this and the variety of personalities depicted in the play. From the distressed, unsatisfied wife, hardworking but emotionally distant husband, helpful best friend, jaded elderly parents, to the whimsical teenaged babysitter, the characters embodied many of the stereotypes with whom we are already familiar. The various visual and acoustic effects such as lighting and loud sounds to create the elements of a windy storm formed the right atmosphere on set. The use of epizeuxes created a sense of metaphorical illusion, but in fact the actual themes and plot of the play was common: relationship problems and gender stereotypes were the main issues faced by the characters, topics audience members can relate to.
In my opinion, the play puts a little too much emphasis on the use of metaphor and not enough in to the actual development of the story and characters and there just isn’t much time to do that with a total running time of 45 minutes. I think that this play has a lot of metaphorical appeal, creative potential, and dramatic structure, but it would benefit from a stronger, more developed plot and dialogue.
Windfall Jelly by Eleanor Crowder is playing at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave, Venue 1) on June 21 at 6:30pm; June 22 at 9:30pm; June 25 at 6:30pm; June 26 at 5:00pm; and June 30 at 7:30pm.