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Canadian playwright Vern Thiessen’s APPLE is saturated to the core with apple metaphors---but his modern morality tale succeeds anyway. The smart Phoenix Company One production plays through April 3rd with strong performances all around.
Three lives interconnect in Thiessen’s “bedroom” version of the “kitchen sink”drama, with each character in search of meaning and purpose in life. The sophisticated soap opera revolves around two strong willed women (Barbara Douglass and Eliza Lay) and one hapless male (Dave Sanfacon) who discovers in the course of the play just what is important to him.
Greg Maraio’s tight little production unfolds in front of two imposing silhouetted trees which overlook a pivotal park bench. Kudos to Maraio for the lovely scenic and costume design and to Kirstin Opstad for the evocative lighting.