A 20-minute entry into the 2013 Manitoba Drama Youth Festival has evolved into a 45-minute fringe festival production for co-writers Janell Berezowski and Natalia Moroz.
Head of a Youth attempts to get into the heads of two young women who have worked together for two years in a café. As they clean up one night, the upbeat, more inquiring Josie tells the older, reserved Lauryn about her visit to a museum, where she became fascinated by the bust of a young man; the subject immortalized in marble must have shared their same thoughts and fears. That prompts Josie to attempt to make a connection with Lauryn through an impromptu game of 20 questions followed by dancing, a pushing match and screaming.
The two 18-year-old graduates of Miles Macdonell Collegiate wrote, direct and perform in Head of a Youth, which fails to bring any clarity to what the teens think or create much for spectators to ponder. Moroz and Berezowski appear genuine on stage with an undeniable chemistry. The pair’s DIY ethic is admirable but the independent eye of an experienced dramaturge or director might have brought them closer to their objectives.
— Kevin Prokosh