Reviews - Fringe 2009

The Invisible Girl

By Judith Sandiford
Published July 23, 2009

The actors playing teenage sisters Molly and Sally (Evan MacDonald and Trista Mertens) have convincing youthful energy, with that uncanny ability of teenagers to make ordinary words drip with agony and indignation.

Molly is on the self-destructive mission to modify her body image, with the sly help of two phantasmagoric temptresses, Mia and Ana, that Molly found on the internet. (The device of the temptresses works well.)

The mission of this play is to teach us about eating disorders, and unfortunately, it falls into the trap of plays with messages - it becomes almost entirely exposition, and more a lecture than a piece of theatre.

Judith Sandiford is a theatre designer, a visual artist, and Managing Director of Artword Theatre. With partner playwright and director Ronald Weihs, she created and operated a performance facility in Toronto, where, for over 12 years, they created, fostered and presented many original works of theatre and dance. In 2008, Artword relocated to Hamilton where it has just completed its season of four original works with a Hamilton theme. Artword is currently working on its plans for its 2009-2010 season here.

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