A couple on the verge of a life-changing moment. Their pasts laid our bare before us. Can the events that shape us be overcome or do they define us even to our detriment. Getting Through looks to answer those questions.
Should you see it?
Getting Through is more about getting past. Getting past troubles in obstacles in relationships, namely the events in our own pasts that have shaped us and caused us to put up walls and build preconceptions.
Alex Higgins and Phillip Merriman deliver strong performances as a married couple at a roadblock in their marriage that’s in store for a big change. This coming change has us looking back at their childhoods and upbringings, and allows the actors to very capably play their own characters at different ages, as well as the other character’s parental figure – his mom and her dad. They do an excellent job cleanly differentiating from the different character they play, keeping it easy to stay within the world of the story. Higgins’ turn as the mother of Merriman’s character, clinically depressed to the point of institutionalization and the paranoid bile she spews stands out as one of the particularly memorable moments.
The only real issue in the story is the use of a scene that very blatantly hangs a neon light over what the theme of the piece is supposed to be – our pasts and experiences hidden by the masks of who we are now. While the scene itself isn’t bad, it would have been much nicer to have that theme more cleverly and subtly gotten across elsewhere, rather than in an “if you missed it, and you probably did, here it is” moment.
Getting Through is also a very well-staged play, with wonderfully seamless transitions between scenes that blend between one another without the need for any blackout that would slow the story down. This staging, and the character-splitting, is the sign of a writer-director who knew what he had in mind from the beginning. Aidan Dewhirst had a vision and he executed it well, with sharp, tight writing, resulting, thanks to the work of Higgins and Merriman, in a very strong, very real feeling production that’s easy to get through.
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