Ava lets us in as she takes us on a journey through her past relationships and dating misadventures.
Should you see it?
Standing in the midst of scraps of paper, old magazines, bills and brochures, Ava is desperately searching for a tiny piece of paper. But not just any piece of paper. This piece has scrawled on it the phone number of the man she is convinced is “the one.”
As she tells the story of how they met and what led her to think of him as her one and only, she begins revealing her relationship history – her first love, her first heartbreak, the controlling boyfriend in university, the time she gave up and decided to date herself.
Perhaps most interesting, and the aspect I took away from the show, is Ava’s story of self-hate and internalized feelings of worthlessness that followed each breakup and disappointment – feelings that stalked her right into her next relationship. For me, Crushed is a cautionary tale – not of the risks of love, but the risks of not loving oneself. And that’s a tale everyone needs to hear.
This show is an honest portrayal of the complexities of relationships, but, more specifically, the complexities of relationships when you’ve yet to learn your own worth. This will likely not be a strong presence during the festival and will likely fly under the radar, but the themes certainly resonated with me. I also appreciated her quirky humour, even though the jokes didn’t quite pan out with Saturday night’s audience.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think. Did the material resonate with you? Did you enjoy the humour? Join the discussion and tell me what you think in the comments below!