Terriane Falcome offers a tour de force of
writing and comedy,
playing at the Theatre Box this Brighton Fringe. Good Grief: Stories at 207 West 88
This is a little gem, one that offers several slices of life that all make up a fabulous in-your-face New York cheesecake
Among these monologues, nine in all, are some gorgeously realized characters. Bruna, an Italian immigrant, sweeps the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral as penance for accidently killing her husband. Later she brings some tacky Christmas decorations to adorn his grave in an incongruously tender monologue. In another scene, a taxi driver recounts his chilling experience fighting in the Second World War and in another, a recently widowed young woman takes her first stumbling step back onto the dating scene. While some scenes are more harrowing than others there is always humour in the blackness.
At times, I longed for the monologues to be slightly more interwoven but if the structure isn’t seamless, it at least creates the possibility for a talented performer to deliver individually moving scenes. It was also very encouraging to see live music used so beautifully. It would have been so easy to offer pre-recorded music but the guitar-cello-percussion trio, Purple Pudding Clause lifts the whole production. This is a little gem, one that offers several slices of life that all make up a fabulous in-your-face New York cheesecake. Definitely worth a look.