A car chase that doesn't quite own the space
This article is from 2016.
Despite having one of the most distinctive venues of the Fringe – a crashed car – Wrecked follows a familiar monologue formula. A woman, Sam, wakes up, and tries to remember how she has ended up in the wreck, unspooling her recent adventures with a wild friend. Between her reminiscences, a recording of a couple tells a story of romance and love. The stark contrast between the woman's criminal activity and the couple's happiness, of course, comes to a head and explains how the car ended up smashed and lost in a wood.
The performance takes little advantage of the car: ignoring the audience, Sam retells her life through significant moments that feature running away or getting into bother with her pal. The couple, however, talk about settling down. The dramatic contrast is clumsy but powerful: when their stories come together, Sam reaches a location she cannot escape.
Whether the site-specific location is a gimmick – the monologue is a little generic in its details of wild friendship and emotional conflicts – the enclosed space lends an additional tension which is not exploited. The drama of Sam's recollections builds to a climactic hit and run, but the resolution is more an act of God than an inevitability. The script is solid, the performance strong, but the heat and intimacy of the car lends it an intensity it fails to earn.
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