A darkly creepy-funny local play is creating big buzz at the New York International Fringe Festival.
Alley Theatre's Little One, written by Hannah Moscovitch and starring local innovators Daniel Arnold and Marisa Smith, is "beautifully suited to the scrappiness of the Fringe", according to Timeout. It added: "they prod us into laughter between our shocked gasps. Little One’s not a pleasant play, certainly, but it is a refreshing one. Nothing cools a hot August night like a chill creeping down your spine".
The New York Times said the precisely directed play (helmed by Amiel Gladstone) "is the neatest I saw at this year’s Fringe, and that’s not a bad thing. This excellent company makes every moment count."
The actors, who play deeply fucked up adopted siblings, got a nonstop rave from Curtain Up, which said of the "astonishing" Arnold, "With his eyes and delivery alone, he conveys precisely what we need to learn about what his character is going through." It added, "Smith is every bit as good: she reveals how deeply troubled and downright creepy Claire is, but without a hint of exaggeration for effect."
They got equal props from What's On Off Broadway, which summed up the show this way: "Canada has offered up a great story, two fantastic performances and a admirable tale of human flailing." Its headline promises the show "delivers huge".
Hey, don't say we didn't already tell ya: last year, at our own Fringe, the Straight called this show "riveting and disturbing".
Wondering what all the fuss is about? Vancouverites will get another chance to see Little One during the next Firehall Arts Centre season. And don't miss it this time, eh?