by Paula Citron
Daniel MacIvor has written, for him, an unusual play in How It Works. The plot is predictable and sentimental. In this respect, How It Works is disappointing despite good acting and MacIvor’s assured direction.
MacIvor’s premise is the nature of storytelling, both in the way we use stories to define who we are, as well as the way we are disconnected from ourselves by the stories that we can’t tell. Tom Barnett plays a divorced policeman who has a drug addicted daughter performed by Bethany Jillard. Caroline Gillis plays his new girlfriend and Fiona Highet is his former wife and mother of the troubled girl. How the four interact is central to the play.
There is an interesting structure. Stories we just hear about in the first act get actually acted out in the second. No thread is left dangling. Unfortunately, we know what’s going to happen.
How It Works continues until Dec. 16.
From the Tarragon Mainspace, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for THE NEW CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.