In Carbon Copies, we peer through the looking-glass into a wonderland composed of slam poetry, R&B, beatboxing and the freeze-frame detritus of contemporary recombinatory culture.
Two friends (Aaron Robertson and Drew Murdoch) are working on a summer project for a photography class in which they plan to develop a found roll of film. Aaron drops into a strange world populated with the subjects of the photos in the roll of film, each one stuck in the timeless moment in which they were photographed.
Cass (Cass Brennan) is a newspaper delivery girl swirling with the memories of sitting around the breakfast table reading the paper with steam rising from her father's cup of coffee.
Devon (Devin Bain) is driving, driving, driving, trying to forget the pain of a lost love. Charles (Charles Manzo) is angry and frightened by the sound of fireworks shooting sideways in his neighbourhood.
Kano (Kano Wilkinson) is a middle-school outfielder getting ready to catch a fly ball. Stephanie (Stephanie Gundert) is looking at an image reflected in the water that only she can see.
Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings this ain't.
Aaron confronts his painful, disappointing transition to adulthood by living in the memories of these other people and seeking out the troubled photographer who captured their moments in time.
This is an intensely powerful, moving performance. The monologues are lyrical and pitch-perfect, the pacing is flawless, the use of lighting and space is highly effective, and the players are fully committed to the reality they create.
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