Fringe review: INESCAPABLE

Festival fave Martin Dockery's riveting two-hander ends up in a fascinating place

INESCAPABLE by Martin Dockery (RibbitRePublic). At Tarragon Mainspace. July 7 at 3:30 pm, July 9 at 7:15 pm, July 11 at 9:15 pm, July 12 at 5:45 pm, July 13 at 1:45 pm, July 14 at 11 pm. See listing. Rating: NNNN

A riveting two-hander that keeps you engaged right from the first burst of rapid-fire dialogue, Inescapable is another winner from Fringe regular Martin Dockery.

Dockery and Jon Paterson play two friends escaping a house party to end up arguing about their relationship, thanks to a mysterious box scavenged from a closet. To reveal anything more would be a spoiler.

Featuring a sparse set (just two chairs and a table) and minimal lighting cues, the show and its meandering conversation might seem like a take on Waiting For Godot. The key conflict soon emerges to give both Dockery and Paterson room to invigorate their characters with an emotional heft that carries the show to its twist ending.

It’s the kind of show you will want to see again right away, if only to catch the clues peppered through the first 55 minutes you might have missed.

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