Produced by local company, Glassiano Productions, Disillusion is psychological drama set on death row that explores the distinction between justice and punishment.
Should you see it?
A prison guard repeatedly wakes up to find himself reliving the last moments of several death row inmates that he oversaw – and generally mistreated. That’s the concept behind Glassiano Production’s Disilluion, featuring Jake William Smith as the aforementioned guard, Erik Abbott.
Unfortunately for Disillusion, the concept is far more interesting than the resulting show. We see Abott wake up three times, reliving the end of each of three inmates lives. He’s aware of who he is, but damned if he’ll convince anybody else. The thing is, that’s more or less the entire show. Is it real? Is it a dream? Is there a way out? Can he save himself? Why is it happening? None of these things are answered or investigated in any real detail. Each of the three instances play out to the same effect with no story progression.
There were some short interstitial scenes that tried to give you insight into Abbott’s own personal life, perhaps alluding to why this was happening. But again, these didn’t resolve or really go anywhere past the opening beats.
Basically, Disillusion was like a really long opening scene for a show that should have gone somewhere but never actually did.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think. Did I just not ‘get’ Disillusion? Did the story actually go somewhere I wasn’t aware of? Tell me in the comments below.
For more information on Disillusion – including a link to Valerie’s much more positive review – check out our preview article.