Theatre review: Right Now (4 stars)

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credit: Helen Murray

A visit to desire and grief – with added comedy

Alice (Lindsey Campbell) and Ben (Sean Biggerstaff) have recently moved into a new apartment. While he works long hours as a doctor, she stays at home, grieving over their recently deceased baby. When the family across the hall introduce themselves and force their way into the young couple's life, it appears perfectly harmless. They just want to be friends. Or is it something more sinister?

The heavy themes of grief, depression, infidelity and the consequences of desire run through Right Now. Through Michael Boyd's cool, crisp direction, the nightmarish depiction of dissatisfaction and loss is uncomfortable, but its razor-sharp comedy prevents the action from becoming moribund. Beautifully bizarre and achingly creepy, Right Now walks the line between humorous and tragic, and the script's compassion and wit lifts it above melodramatic horror.

Echoing the likes of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and even a little bit of Rosemary's Baby, the show is both awkward and engaging. It's funny (Maureen Beattie is on excellent form as the outrageous Juliette), creepy, and driven by the cast's energy.

The performances are consistently outstanding and Catherine-Anne Toupin's script is sharp and thoughtful. With a mind-bending plot that constantly changes perspective, Right Now is a bleak, ambitious and bracing experience that sends the audience home shivering.

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