by Paula Citron
British playwright Sarah Kane’s complex and difficult “Crave” stimulates, confuses, provokes and, ultimately, deeply disturbs the audience.
Kane committed suicide in 1999. She was just 28, but in her short and turbulent life, Kane became a notorious icon of the new wave theatre.
The playwright was a visionary who redefined theatrical conventions. Crave is marked by a highly charged poetic writing style, no stage directions, and characters who are referred to by letters.
The play presents four people. C (Michelle Monteith) is mentally collapsing under the weight of her demons. B (Carlos González-Vio) is a troubled drug addict. A (Hardee Lineham) is a self-confessed pedophile, while M (Maria Ricossa) is hard and cynical older woman.
The play is built around the tortured inner thoughts of each character. So brilliant is Kane’s writing, that critics have compared these simultaneous solos to separate instrumental voices that come together to produce a symphony.
Crave continues until May 19.
From the Young Centre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.