Company: Evans Street Productions, Steinbach, MB
Venue: 11 - Red River College
There’s only so long that one can comfortably sit and watch a man work through his various neuroses.
There's a strong script and performance somewhere in Thom Pain (based on nothing)
, but there's only so long that one can comfortably sit and watch a man work through his various neuroses.
Clad in a slim suit, black-framed glasses, and bare feet, actor Grant Burr portrays a character undergoing something of an existential crisis.
Presented as a monologue, the protagonist tells three tales: the story of being stung by a bee, the story of a young boy with a dead dog, and the story of his own doomed romantic experience with a woman.
All three elements are potentially interesting, but are presented in such a detached and cerebral fashion that their meanings can be difficult to grasp.
And although Burr gives an understated, eloquent performance, his character is unfortunately too cynical and too distant to really connect with.
Neither challenging nor particularly accessible, this reviewer was left wondering who Thom Pain
's target audience is.