Daniel Sadavoy wants you to take a look at Don’t Look.
DON'T LOOK by Daniel Sadavoy and Rebecca Applebaum, directed by Maya Rabinovitch (Steady State). Factory Studio beginning January 7.
Don't Look was the 2006 Fringe's most charming show about incest between cousins.
"But is it really a taboo?" questions Daniel Sadavoy, who wrote and performed the show with Rebecca Applebaum. "Marriage between cousins is legal in Canada, though some people think it's gross, a fact that provides the show's humour."
The memory play follows the adventures of Daniel
and Ariella from their first kiss at, of all places, a shiva, when they're both 14. He becomes saddled with guilt, while she reacts angrily to the way people respond to the cousins after the kiss becomes public knowledge.
"You can't talk about something like incest without bringing in humour," adds Sadavoy, who wrote and acted in This Old House at Lab Cab and was assistant producer for Factory's CrossCurrents.
"Looking at these cousins' stories in memory makes them safer and more entertaining. There's an oddness, a grotesqueness, to what they each go through. The laughs come from the comedy of awkwardness. They're sometimes a little gross and make you squirm, but there's also the sweet comedy associated with losers. I think of it as slapstick, but rather than someone falling down, the person is making social missteps."
The genetics angle gives the show its structure, too; the stories of the two central characters begin wound around each other like a double helix, then separate and finally encircle each other again.
It's also a nod to the potential genetic dangers - at least according to Daniel's family - of marriage within the same gene pool.
Rewritten since its Fringe debut
, Don't Look plays with laughs, love and forbidden shame.
"When we reworked the material, we thought about emphasizing the more serious elements," smiles Sadavoy. "But our instincts drew us back to the script's comedy; the other topics, we realized, would surface on their own."