“Once You’ve Found It” Finds Good Stride

Review Contributed by Lauren Allen

Has the darkness ever spoken to you?

In a new play by Donovan Jackson of Reverie Theatre, darkness comes to life to speak to Bruce, who is dealing with the painful loss of his grandmother. Through movement, art, mask, projection, and music, we watch Bruce and wonder if he will let the darkness consume him.

This production is a truthful, touching view of what it’s like to live with a little darkness monster inside you. Jackson gives an earnest and engaging performance and adapts large and expressive choreography to the intimate space very well. It is difficult for one person to carry a show for sixty minutes, but because there was so much for him to play with it felt like a full team was on stage with him. As soon as one premise becomes comfortable, we move on to another, and this momentum kept me very engaged right to the end. I personally loved the video projections- one in particular reminded me of the people in my life who mean so much to me, and I left the theatre with a full heart and a big grin for having been reminded that love is beautiful, and the darkness doesn’t have to be your only friend.

If you love your grandma, see this play.

“Once You’ve Found It” continues its run in Venue #1 of the Storefront Fringe Festival

* Review author Lauren Allen is a Saskatoon based theatre artist. She has previously written for The Feedback Society and BroadwayWorld.com. She is currently appearing in “In Ireland We Rented A Car From Criminals”, also as part of the Storefront Fringe Festival…

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