Saturday, June 4, 2016
Helming this production is the lovely (in an anxious kind of way) Susannah Flood (Connie Hall) and scruffily-hipster handsome Carter Hudson (Tristan Frey). As individuals who have joined a clinical trial of a drug that may or may not have a certain side effect - we find them entangled in a relationship of sorts. Steve Key ((Dr. Toby Sealey) and Kati Brazda (Dr Laura James) are the medical professionals behind the study who themselves have a bit of history themselves.
The details of the clinical trial and the drug's side effect are entangled between both the patients and the doctors. The mystery is revealed about the mid-point of Act 1 - who is on the drug and who is not - and how does that affect the patients. By the end of the the study (and Act II) we get yet another curve-ball - and the patients are affected.
Ms. Prebble kept us on our toes the entire performance through her twists and turns. Ms. Flood and Mr. Hudson kept us entertained with their flirtations and connection. The show educates, informs, and entertains all at the same time. The relationship between the doctors is a bit less fleshed out and could use some more refinement - or more accurately clarity.
Perhaps Ms. Prebble will get an opportunity to have another clinical trial on a larger stage. One might speculate the results would be positive.