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Interruptions

Archetype Productions

Posted: 07/7/2011 3:45 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/16/2011 2:15 PM | Updates

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Playhouse Studio (Venue 3), to Friday

Retired Calgary psychologist Wendy Froberg offers a multi-perspective look at the "silent loss" of a child before or at birth.

The playwright, who has been there herself, uses a handful of characters — including an obstetrician and a teenage boy — to give voice to the grief, shame, regret and sense of inadequacy that emerge during the mourning and healing process. It’s a hopeful piece that shows people can suffer a life-changing loss and emerge with more insight into themselves and their closest relationships.

But while Froberg handles the subject matter with warmth and sensitivity, she’s too safe with it. Her characters — there are too many of them — are too generic and superficial, and their experiences too predictable, for us to really feel their pain.

— Carolin Vesely

 From the official Fringe Festival program:

The death of a child before or at the time of birth is often a silent loss. People may not acknowledge the baby as real; grieving parents can be hurried to return to normal; relationships are stressed.

Interruptions is a hopeful journey to understanding, acceptance and healing.

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 75 MIN

Tickets: $9

Warnings: Subject Matter

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Updated on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 2:15 PM CDT: Adds review

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