Tampa International Fringe Festival review: CL Recommends Dark Vanilla Jungle

A stunning performance in a powerful play.

click to enlarge Marie-Claude Tremblay performed an excerpt from "Dark Vanilla Jungle" at the Finge Preview on May 10 at CL Space. - Jennifer Ring
Jennifer Ring
Marie-Claude Tremblay performed an excerpt from "Dark Vanilla Jungle" at the Finge Preview on May 10 at CL Space.

A spectacular performance by Marie-Claude Tremblay of a powerful play by Philip Ridley makes Dark Vanilla Jungle a must-see for anyone who loves the combination of great acting and extraordinary writing.

Jungle, tautly directed by Staci Sabarsky, is about Andrea, a naïve young woman whose relations with two men drive her through experience to near-madness. On a stage bare except for a table and a chair, Tremblay wrenchingly guides us through Andrea’s life: the mother who abandoned her, the grandparent who adopted her, the man who betrayed her, the damaged half-person with whom she believed herself married.

Author Ridley is sharply attentive to the way innocence, ignorance, and neediness can make a young woman prey to an unscrupulous male; but even more than the fine writing, Tremblay’s brilliant performance wins your guts and your heart and gives your mind enough truth to keep you thinking for hours.

Innovocative Theatre's production of Dark Vanilla Jungle premiered on Thursday, May 11, at the Tampa International Fringe Festival. Performances continue on Saturday, May 13, at 3:35 p.m. and Sunday, May 14, at 8:50 p.m. at Silver Meteor Gallery. $10 w/Fringe button.

For ticket information, go to tampafringe.org, visit Fringe Central at New World Brewery, or purchase tickets at Silver Meteor.

 

 

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