In a world where a viral epidemic has allowed people to share memories a young detective finds herself being stumped by a missing persons case in The City That Eats You.
Should you see it?
Jayson MacDonald’s The City That Eats You is a very complicated script. It’s a story that examines a whole slew of social factors including privacy, drug use, and the quest for enlightenment. After a drug called HIVE allows people who use it to share memories something is woken up in parts of the human brain and the effect goes global. Some can share and tune out memories better than others, but it is a world where nothing is secret.
The premise is extremely interesting and engaging, yet when coupled with a police investigation and bringing in those that can share and collect memories to lead investigations it feels like a chapter out of the movie Minority Report. The storyline itself is actually quite slow and feels like its leading nowhere. Yet there’s just something captivating about MacDonald’s writing.
Jayson MacDonald has a profound cleverness when it comes to the use of cadence and prose and it became very evident when either of the characters would start to monologue. The jilted conversational tones would drop and the audience would be subjected to the writing from MacDonald that we came to love in his award winning show Underbelly.
Poetic writing aside the ending is a mess. I really have no idea how this show ended. A character is abruptly introduced just past the midpoint can suddenly see memories not only from the past and present but from the future and everything after that doesn’t make a lick of sense. While the ending may end up being more about personal enlightenment it doesn’t seem to fit with the investigation we’ve been following since the start of the show.
What did you think? How would you react if anyone could just pop into your brain and have access to your memories? Join the discussion in the comments below.
For more information about The City That Eats You, including show times and how to buy advance tickets, check out the show page on ottawafringe.com: http://ottawafringe.com/tickets/the-city-that-eats-you/