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East Coast playwright Daniel MacIvor’s drama is full of grace notes as three women confront mortality and reach for a deeper connection in this 60-minute Winnipeg production. Too bad flat performances dampen the impact as a woman and her estranged daughter seek solace from a therapist (Carly Gallant) who lacks faith in her own abilities.

Karen O’Brien has a meaty role as prickly recovering alcoholic Leda. Her dry humour lightens the load as she and her fanatically religious daughter (Kristen Einarson) try to come to terms with their derailed lives and relationship. But there’s no relief in a last act so devoid of character it limps to the finish line.

— Pat St. Germain

From the Fringe program:

Director: Carly Gallant

Cast: Kristen Einarson, Karen O'Brien, and Carly Gallant

Three women share the stage as they battle their inner demons. Watch as a mother, her daughter and therapist struggle to decide whether to face or hide from their struggles with terminal illness, a lack of spirituality, and a broken bond between mother and daughter.

MacIvor's softer side has been found in a piece that's both compelling and tragic. You will find clarity through the eyes of these women, all while mourning losses and regrets too old to calculate.

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $8 for Students, Seniors, Weekday Matinee, Fringe Volunteers and Performers

Warnings: Graphic Content, Coarse Language, Sexual Content

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