A fast-paced thriller where two old friends find themselves trapped at an endless holiday party. Starring Jon Paterson and written by & starring Martin Dockery.
Should you see it?
Inescapable traps two good friends at a holiday party they swear they’ve been to before and is driving them crazy. A box has been taken out of the closet: Why were you in the closet? Why would you bring that out here? What does it do? Does it work? Why would you bring that out here?
This is a truly remarkable piece of theatre that relishes in its exquisitely circular nature. All points come back to one. Repeatedly.
Questioning on a higher level whether we can escape the lives we create for ourselves, Inescapable is a tightly wound narrative that is like a pot of water that you can watch boil. It gets off to a slow start but starts to pick up speed to a crazed, fevered, emotional pace, before the perhaps inevitable and certainly tragic ending.
There is so much more I could say about how intricate and brilliant this story is (and some have indeed gone into more detail than I did) but I truly think this is a show best experienced not knowing too much about it and not having any preconceived notions. .
Written by Martin Dockery (of such sold out hits: Wanderlust, The Bike Trip, Moonlight After Midnight, and Bursting Into Flames), Inescapable is performed by Dockery and another popular Fringe Veteran, Jon Paterson (last seen in Ottawa last year for a one night engagement of Daniel MacIvor’s House). These two are pros. They do phenomenal work here maintaining a lightning quick pace as well as impressively carrying the characters’ arcs through a lot of rapid changes. It’s so easy to see Dockery and Paterson getting as caught up and lost in Inescapable’s momentum as the characters they play, and the audience.
Inescapable is one of the most polished shows you’ll find at Ottawa Fringe – and it’s just barely at the beginning of its life. This show will start selling out over the weekend. Get yer tickets in advance.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think? Did this play turn your head for a loop? How does it compare to other Dockery work? Can we escape? Join the discussion in the comments below.