2-⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2018

REVIEW: ‘Mission: Her’ by Urban Trendz Theatre

2 Stars

My feelings for this show are that it has a lot of important things to say but doesn’t really know how to say them. Mental Health is a heavy subject and so you need to give it sufficient weight. For me, that weight wasn’t there.

The script was, unfortunately, rather lacking, with dialogue coming across like recitations of facts found on a Wikipedia article. I struggled to believe any of the three characters or connect with them in any way. This was not especially the fault of the cast, who are all fair actors, but more because the material they were given did not allow them much room to expand and deepen the world they were creating on stage, with most of it simply coming off as a rather shallow commentary on mental health.

I also had issues with how, for a show called Mission: “Her”, a lot of it seemed to focus on how Her mental health affected the men in her life rather than her own story, with the female character too often overshadowed by her two male scene-partners. The musical choices too were of detriment of the piece. When playing behind (and sometimes nearly drowning out) the already slightly cliched and maudlin monologues, they just added to sense of melodrama that undermined the point the piece was trying to make. 

One thing I will say this production did well was it’s use of physicality and staging. This they seemed to have a keen eye for and if they expanded upon that and used physical theatre as firmer foundation for their production, I think they might have been able to convey their message a little better. Cutting dialogue could only be a benefit to this production after all.

It’s a shame because I feel this show sincerely does want to talk about the realities of depression and anxiety, and to spread awareness and start a conversation about those realities. That’s admirable and they should be commended for their intentions at least, but I’ve seen a lot of plays manage to portray the same thing so much better over the years, and this production falls unfortunately far short of what theatre can achieve with this subject matter.

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/mission-her

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