Psychological Thriller Death and the Maiden at Sidewalk Studio Theatre
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The last date listed for Death and the Maiden was Sunday December 21, 2008 / 7:00pm.
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Featured review from Margie R.
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“Death and the Maiden” at the Sidewalk Studio Theater was an intense, tightly-woven production with solid performances by all three cast members. The entire play occurs in one room, but the story is gripping and builds so relentlessly that my hands were literally balled-up into fists for the last third of the play. Good production value and a small theatre, maybe 40 seats, also really helped to immerse me in the experience.
In the role of Paulina, Enci (that’s her full name) delivered a passionate performance. Her take on the complex and troubled Paulina was authentic, and her accent, for me at least, added an extra sense of vulnerability to the character. Eric Johnson turned in a truthful, steady performance as Gerard, the pragmatic, loving husband who tries to stop his wife from murdering an “innocent” man. And Benton Jennings’ portrayal of Dr. Miranda was outstanding, intelligently shifting the character in-and-out of the shadows, between the terrified and confused victim and the evil doctor who tortured Paulina – deftly keeping the audience guessing about his role in the former regime.
Not for the squeamish or those who require a tidy, sewn-up ending, “Death and the Maiden” is a thought-provoking study into the limits of humanity in an ever-changing and often violent world. It requires more than competent actors, and this production had us talking outside the theatre for almost an hour after the show ended.
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An excellent production, start to finish. We were very impressed by the quality of the acting, the staging, everything. A very intimate theatre experience with friendly and professional support staff as well as the actors in the play itself. My...continued
Ariel Dorfman’s explosively provocative, award-winning drama is set in a country that has only recently returned to democracy. Relentlessly paced and filled with lethal surprises, Death and the Maiden is an inquest into the darker side of humanity—one in which everyone is implicated and justice itself comes to seem like a fragile, perhaps ambiguous invention.