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In Memoriam

Written and directed by Stephen Cone, this locally produced drama explores some interesting emotional territory but strains credulity too much to be really effective. After a young couple, exhorted by their friends, decide to climb out naked onto the roof of their apartment and ultimately fall to their deaths, a stranger in the neighborhood (Ian Forester) becomes interested in them; first he launches an "independent investigation" into the incident, introducing himself to the victims' families and the friends who were with them before they died, then he begins to involve them all in a documentary about what happened. Forester is so awkward and unpersuasive in the role that the other characters' ready cooperation with him doesn't really wash; the only character whose response seems believable is the father of the young man, who demands to know, "Are you fucking with us?" Among the strong supporting cast are Sue Redman, Sadie Rogers, Annabel Armour, Gerrit O'Neill, and Hanna Dworkin, a particular standout as the young man's mother.

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