Fringe review: Andrea Merlyn's Book of Secrets


Down Devil's Backbone

Chapter 13 Productions; Anderson, IN

3 stars

This play is all about forbidden love and the drama that

comes with it, as an older man must answer internal questions about loyalty and

family as he tries to keep his marriage and young girlfriend peacefully

coexisting. The acting is strong and fairly consistent, with some palpable

stage chemistry between performers. Certainly a very serious show at heart,

moments of humor keep things from dredging too low. While acting was a high

point for the show, sometimes the dialogue seemed a bit contrived and

irregular. Overall, a nice showcase of dramatic performance from the cast.

Theatre on the Square, Stage Two: Thursday, Aug. 26, 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 29, 10:30 p.m.


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