Friday evening’s thunderstorm was serendipitous, providing a perfectly timed atmospheric underscore, rising and falling in dramatic sync with Martin Dockery’s enigmatic drama, Moonlight After Midnight.
The elegantly written show turns and turns on itself, like an emotional kaleidoscope that changes shape but keeps something familiar every time you twist it. A couple, both familiar and strange to one and other, try to decipher the story that has brought them to a place strangely out of time. Their story shifts and drifts and changes as they try to settle it into something real.
Vanessa Quesnelle, the mysterious woman who wanders into Dockery’s hotel room, is a deep and beguiling presence, giving the drama its emotional centre, keeping Dockery’s character, slightly ragged and a little desperate, caught in her orbit. The London, Ont., duo have a polished chemistry that draws their audience in as it draws them together on stage in this 60-minute mystery.
— Wendy King