Troubled souls make for mesmerizing mediation on anger’s destructive power
This is the second play in seven months I’ve seen devoted to an exploration of Wrath in a larger cycle devoted to the Seven Deadly Sins. Like the story of Apollo and Marsyas, artists of all kinds seem compelled to revisit sinners more than saints in a meta-commentary on the nature of art itself as requiring tragedy for greatness. This is one-seventh of the young playwright Leslye Headland’s own contribution to stories on that theme. In Redtwist’s Reverb, the past echoes into the present and back again in a feedback loop from which two star-crossed lovers seemingly cannot escape. Though it lacks some clarity and gets a bit heavy handed (literally at times), Reverb is rescued by two extraordinary performances that turn wrathful wraiths into beings of a more pathetic persuasion.
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