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The Tracey Fragments
Is Tracey Berkowitz genuinely insane, or just another self-centered teenager dramatizing to get attention? By the end of this hour-long drama you won’t know — and you won’t mind.
Gislina Patterson is mesmerizing — and downright exhausting — in the title role. Her rants propel the show, recounting a succession of horrors (rape, death, a family history of madness) and neglect (“Mom crawled into the TV set and never came out again”). The barrage is punctuated by interludes of shadow puppetry and some clever optical illusions. Patterson is ably supported by Arthur MacKinnon, who convincingly portrays a gamut of supporting characters of varying ages and sexes.
Occasionally exasperating, but good and disturbing. And disturbing that disturbing can be this good.
— Janice Sawka
From the Fringe program:
Fifteen-year-old Tracey Berkowitz is naked under a shower curtain at the back of the bus, looking for her little brother whom she turned into a dog.
"...an eerie glimpse of a raging adolescent psyche...a cohesive portrait of a teenager on the verge of imploding" - Publishers Weekly
Based on the novel The Tracey Fragments by Maureen Medved, published by House of Anansi Press www.houseofanansi.com
Directed by Debbie Patterson
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Molotov Circus 4 STARS
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 60 min
Discount Tickets: $7 for Students, Seniors, Unemployed, Equity members, Fringe performers, valid bus pass holders
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Gunshots, Herbal Cigarettes
Updated on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 4:48 PM CDT: