Shining City

Aug. 31-Sept. 22, 2007. PURE Theatre.

If the audience wasn’t blown away by the performances in PURE Theatre’s Shining City or playwright Conor McPherson’s way with words, there was always the twisted finale. The main character, a therapist called Ian (R.W. Smith), is visited throughout the play by John (Mark Landis), a dull man whose life has been spiced up by the reappearance of his dead wife. Is he being haunted or does he need therapy? When the ghost finally appeared, the effect on the audience was stunning. A combination of costume (a bright red coat), makeup, and staging created an image strong enough to keep this reviewer awake long into the wee hours of the night.

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