Reviews - Fringe 2009

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

By Amanda N. Nesbitt
Published July 18, 2009

What is it like to collide with a complete stranger or feel vulnerable, unsure and frightened of yourself as well as someone else? Danny and the Deep Blue Sea offers insight into these questions.

After meeting in a dirty bar and spending the night together, Danny (Jamie Maezko) and Roberta (Kaitlin Janisse) spend time questioning and challenging one another about their past, their present and ultimately their would-be future. The conversations between these two equally intense characters demonstrate a realistic and, at times, frightening journey from intimacy to vulnerability; from immaturity to maturity.

Despite having a difficult time relating to either character, the performances from Maezko and Janisse certainly made an impact. Both delivered dramatic portrayals of vulgar, intense individuals who were ultimately desperate to forgive and be forgiven. I was especially impressed by the abrasive and yet oddly tender relationship between the two and the chemistry on stage which heightened the impact of otherwise tedious dialogue and repetitiveness in sound and action.

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea is a tense drama that will leave you feeling like you've journeyed with the characters throughout their struggles and tender moments. This is one show you should definitely not miss.

Amanda N. Nesbitt is a McMaster graudate with a double major in English/History and a minor in Theatre and Film Studies. An avid writer/photographer, she thrives being a part of Hamilton's theatre/arts movement and has been very active in the theatre community since 2003. Writing for the Fringe marks her third year participating with this amazing group of people that make up the festival and she hopes you enjoy the shows. Thank you for promoting the arts!

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