Winnipeg playwright Wren Brian delves into the depths of existential thought, with a play that merges concepts from Genet's The Maids, Sartre's No Exit, and Beckett's Waiting for Godot to place 2 unnamed characters in a void, looking for an escape. Director Eric Rae situates the audience in the midst of this void, making use of the flexible space of the platform gallery to create two circles of space that the 2 actors move deftly between. By immersing us in the world, the urgency of their desire to remember (and to escape) becomes more prevalent. The piece could have used a little more nuance in its presentation, just to help the audience move through this nothingness and remain engaged with the actors. Also, for me, the introduction of concepts of love to the script felt a little out of place compared with the larger questions of connection and memory.
The production is not perfect, but definitely an opportunity to see some exciting new writing, performed by young performers and with a new directorial voice.