The year is 1999, and Anatolia is a Bosnian immigrant living in Edmonton, obliged to address her classmates in an English as a Second Language course on some benign topic chosen by her teacher as an exercise in public speaking. So she talks about her job at Superstore and the friends she has made. But over the course of an hour, Anatolia reveals aspects of a tragic past experienced in the madness of the Bosnian war from 1992 to ’95.
Edmonton writer-director Kenneth Brown has fashioned a beguiling solo show that starts as a sweetly inspirational story of the immigrant experience and morphs into a dramatic wallop as Anatolia lets her guard down and relates an all-too-credible story of encountering both heroism and pure evil. In this capacity, actress Candice Fiorentino really delivers the goods, delineating a character arc that takes her from a cute comic figure to a tragic heroine in breathtakingly subtle increments.
— Randall King