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Trout Stanley 

Thursday, Apr 24 2008
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As domestic relationships go, the one at the center of Claudia Dey’s dark comedy is strange indeed. The Ducharme twins, Sugar and Grace, share an isolated but comfortable house in rural British Columbia, with little else for distraction but the forest and its creatures. They define their relationship as a “marriage,” and in many respects it resembles one. Sugar (Jessica Wright) is a servile, meek sort with a trainload of personal baggage. She constantly dotes on her sister Grace (understudy Angelina Leaf), who supports the house as a garbage worker. From the outset, it’s extremely difficult to grasp the substance of this pairing, because the playwright is more invested in the spiritual and metaphysical than in the narrative or dramatic. At times, her writing is rapturously beautiful, but there is much about it that’s obscure. Things get even more complicated when Trout Stanley (Danny Junod), a tattered, beaten-down stranger, pops into their house, and he gradually becomes the object of their eccentric desires. If there’s a grounded point to the ensuing tension, I couldn’t find it. Kerrie Kean directs. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: April 11. Continues through May 11, 2008

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