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In playwright Judith Thompsons LION IN THE STREETS the world is seen through the eyes of a young girl who has been murdered Isobel Alexandria Sage wanders amidst the lives of family members and neighborhood people discovering death all around her - literally spiritually and morally Sage does a marvelous job as the lost soul looking for a home Enhanced by a splendid cast comprised of Elizabeth Elkins Lisa Pierotti Charles Willey Tim Corcoran Leo Farley and Paula Ewin LION IN THE STREETS is a powerful play about the difficulties of living and dying Thompson presents a series of scenarios about infidelity and betrayal illness deception and other daily dilemmas Throughout the cast don different personas and occasionally cavort in modern dance expressions against a background of ominous music theatre class offers an entirely professional way-above-average rendition of Lion In The Streets Judith Thompsons rich and challenging 1990 drama The actors controlled complex performances are further enhanced by Jeannette Lambermonts hip dynamic direction and are played out against a flawless technical backdrop of set lighting and costume The play enacted by a cast of 28 is a series of dreamlike vignettes that delve into the many secret miseries of 30-something urbanites One woman battles bone cancer a housewife confronts her unfaithful husband a man obsessively recalls a homoerotic experience with a childhood friend a woman with cerebral palsy longs for sexual fulfilment and all the while a little girl wanders the streets looking for a lion In the first act Thompson skilfully blends tragedy with farce so the sorrowful vignettes never descend into pure melodrama Tantalizing imaginative and eerily sad the first act excites anticipation for the second The second act however introduces a barrage of new characters whose tragedies meld into a ceaseless agonizing wail Surprisingly the plays comic stylings disappear As a result the second act lacks the texture of the first and at times resembles an
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