|Written by Jodi McAlister|
|Wednesday, 19 September 2012 22:38|
Rope Burn is not a play about death. It is a play about more than not wanting to die - it is a play about desperately, passionately wanting to live, and how difficult it is to accept that death is a reality, not just in the distant future but perhaps just around the corner. It is about friends, about not being alone, and about how being frightened is okay. Ava Karuso's script is a gutsy look at what it means to be given a death sentence, not just for the person who is going to die but the people around them.
I also really enjoyed Karuso's script. I thought it could stand a little editing - the show ran an hour and twenty minutes, which I think could be brought down to an hour - but it has all the makings of a wonderful script. Karuso understands that more tragic depths can be plumbed through comedy than through tear-jerking sappiness. Technically, Rope Burn is a black comedy, and that is absolutely the right genre with which to treat this kind of topic. It had a wonderful humanity about it: laughing in the face of futility, defiantly living in the face of death. I really hope to see more of Karuso's work in the future.
I also really liked the Nintendo motif that ran through the show: I'm not normally a huge fan of multimedia on the stage, but the little Nintendo scenes that ran during the scene changes were wonderful. Rope Burn is not perfect - I think it could probably stand a little more development - but it is a very good show indeed. It is dynamic, comic, tragic, and deeply, deeply human. This one should definitely be part of your Fringe festival.
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