Saturday, August 5, 2017

Fringe Festival 2017: "On the Exhale"

Day: 2

Show: 7

Category: Drama

By: Market Garden Theatre

Written by: Martin Zimmerman

Location: U of M Rarig Center Xperimental

Summary: A one-woman show about a single mother dealing with the loss of her child to gun violence.

Highlights: Jane Froiland gives a powerful and devastating performance as a college professor and single mother who has it all together until her son is the victim of a mass shooting at his school. It's difficult but enlightening to go through this woman's journey with her as she deals with the overwhelming loss in unconventional ways. Jane delivers one long monologue, pacing the empty space at the X, miming some of the actions of the scenes she's describing, and letting us feel the swell of painful emotions. This piece puts you squarely in the shoes of a grieving parent and victim of gun violence, and it's not a comfortable place to be.

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