POST EDEN written and directed by Jordan Tannahill (Suburban Beast/Next Stage). At the Factory Studio (125 Bathurst).
A couple of good performances and a mesmerizing soundscape don't quite save Jordan Tannahill's multimedia piece from seeming too sophomoric.
Four people (and one dog) deal with loneliness and alienation in a bleak suburban neighbourhood. Actors step up to mics and speak their lines, which comment directly or indirectly on the images behind them on a pair of screens.
There's a lot of art school pretension about the project, particularly in the various tired symbols about buried secrets. And the use of video feels gimmicky and unearned.
But Sascha Cole and Sean Dixon find ways to make their characters - an estranged daughter and father - present and spontaneous. And Tannahill, who debuted this piece in a different version at SummerWorks 2010, has since gone on to create more inspired work.