Fringe review: Andrea Merlyn's Book of Secrets


Driving the Body Back

Swanderwoman Productions; Iowa

2 Stars

It is wise to approach this show as a series of poems rather

than a linear narrative. The words are gracefully phrased and the lines are

enthusiastically delivered, but the story is difficult to appreciate on any

level beyond its clever turns of phrase and inventive language. There is an

over-abundance of characters creating a poisonous scenario in which there are

far too many "chefs in the kitchen." There are brief peaks of drama and

intriguing Midwestern perspectives, but each time I found myself truly engaged

the story jolted to a different scene; it is perhaps better appreciated by avid

poetry aficionados.

Phoenix Theatre: Friday, Aug. 27, 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m.;

Sunday, Aug. 29, 6:00 p.m.


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