Fringe Review: Into

INTO by Dave Carley. Tarragon Mainspace. July 2.

INTO by Dave Carley. Tarragon Mainspace. July 2 at 1:45 pm, July 3 at 7 pm, July 5 at 10 pm, July 7 at 3:30 pm, July 8 at 2 pm, July 10 at 7:30 pm. Buy tickets. Rating: NNN

The first 20 minutes of this 1993 Canadian comedy may have you weeping with laughter as DeAnn deGruijter‘s down-to-earth urban nun relates the rowdy events that transpire at a nuns’ country retreat.

Unfortunately, the play shifts its focus for the remaining 55 minutes to an absurd, seven-month-long traffic jam in which the nun is trapped along with three characters who are not nearly as likeable or well imagined.

Based on a short story by Julio Cortázar, the play seeks to depict the formation of a new society from a collection of strangers. This may be a worthy goal but after the exhilarating opening, the second section comes across as overlong and only fitfully amusing.

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