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The City That Eats You

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There’s plenty to admire about Jayson McDonald’s thought-provoking police drama, but its execution is not among them.

He sets his high-concept story in a future where a virus has allowed the infected the ability to scan the memories of other people. Police investigating a missing 22-year-old woman are keen to engage these memory collectors to probe the minds of persons of interest. The promising premise raises intriguing questions about the right to privacy and the implications of having our intimate thoughts accessible to authorities.

The unfortunate byproduct of all the exposition needed to explain what’s going on is a static work with a thick plot that’s hard to follow. The two actors do their best with the staging challenges, but they, like the audience, must be satisfied with what might have been. McDonald is urged to rewrite The City That Eats You — and, while he’s at it, come up with a better title.

— Kevin Prokosh (Show reviewed during fringe festivals in Montreal and Ottawa last month.)

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: Dave Dawson and Jayson McDonald

Cast: Meghan Brown and Valerie Cotic

A detective's investigation of a missing woman is complicated by a city-wide epidemic that allows infected persons to see other people's memories.

From the writer of Giant Invisible Robot and Underbelly.

Audience Classification: Mature

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Coarse Language

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