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Runaway

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In Runaway, four teenage addicts-turned-drug dealers are living together in a party house. Their boss is breathing down their neck; seems some “stock” has gone missing. They discover a young, 15-year-old addict hiding in their basement. They must keep her safe from their employer.

Why? Well, that’s not made entirely clear. Writer Alex Sitko has some good ideas, but they are woefully underdeveloped. His characters lack nuance; their motivations are cloudy. Their pasts, addictions and relationships are vague. We don’t learn how they came together or why they ran away. They are one-dimensional, first-draft sketches. As a result, we struggle to care about them — or what happens to them.

That doesn’t give the actors much meat, so what we’re left with is either testosterone-fuelled screaming matches or actors simply reciting less-than-compelling lines that are heavy on the gratuitous swearing. Instead of engaging an audience, Runaway gets lost in its own drama.

— Jen Zoratti

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: Eston Ferraton

 

Cast: Josh Bellan, Gennevieve Bourdeau, Matt Irvine, Kingsley J. Meszaros, Miranda Moroz

 

A small home twisted into a drug-running party house. Four runaway teenagers reluctantly pulled into the criminal underworld. One 15-year-old addict hiding in their basement to keep herself alive.

 

Seeking to make amends for what they must do to survive, the four attempt to keep the young girl safe from their employers. Yet their own addictions, naiveté and struggles to survive may drag them back down, further into the underworld than they have ever been.

 

Audience Classification: Mature

Length: 75 mins.

Warnings: Coarse language, subject matter

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