Two friends are stuck in a time loop, and there’s no escape. In fact, they don’t really realize they’re in it.
Should you see it?
Martin Dockery’s Inescapable throws us right into the action, opening with a middle-aged man grilling his friend about a box on a table. Why did you bring it out? What were you thinking? Where did you find it? What were you doing in my closet?
The man becomes increasingly unnerved by the presence of the box, terrified that it might be working. But when he starts to explain this fear to his friend – when he realizes it feels like they’ve had this conversation before – the loop starts over. Why did you bring it out? What were you thinking? Where did you find it? What were you doing in my closet?
As it turns out, they’re trapped in a continuous time loop brought on by a homemade time machine.
Although the premise of this play hinges on repetition, it kept me intrigued the entire time. With each “loop,” another tidbit of information is revealed, eventually uncovering a backstory of lies and deception and creating conflict between the characters, which seeps into the next loop despite their inability to remember what they were fighting about. Martin Dockery and Jon Paterson were incredibly convincing in their roles and both exuded an energy that made the hour fly by.
If you’re a fan of offbeat, mind-bending work, be sure to check this one out.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think. How did you feel about the repetitious nature of the show? Were you entertained? Join the discussion and tell me what you think in the comments below!