by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

What a curiosity. I felt like I was walking in familiar territory with Theatre Unleashed’s remounted Fringe hit and season opener, Ligature Marks by critically-acclaimed, award winning New York playwright Mac Rogers— a story wherein which one partner is asking another to murder her to ease the pain of loneliness—one partner angry and excited enough to make the play.  Curious indeed. But this production also has a most intriguing twist in the form of a game.

Theatre Unleashed has done what it is does best.  The company takes an ordinary story and wraps it into a maze but with a simplicity that is unmistakable.

Ligature Marks is lined with licentious desire and dysfunction.  The delivery waivers between crisp and lost.  But then what is being displayed throughout most of this story is the quite aligned emotional life of the characters who are also weak and sadistic in their power struggle with each other only empowered by the knowledge that nothing they embark upon is actually real.  And so it should be noted that for any perceived mistakes or wrong turns this work could take, it is also captivating, unusually funny, even charming..

Seriously unsettling, uncomfortable and fascinatingly delightful Ligature Marks definitely deserves a “worth the ticket” and some seat time for theatre goers looking for twisted, avant-garde adventure.

Written by Mac Rogers
Directed by Jacob Smith
Produced by Theatre Unleashed
Starring Liz Fenning and Sean Fitzgerald

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