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Melissa Lorraine and Kevin V. Smith

Melissa Lorraine and Kevin V. Smith

Devron Enarson

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 19 2015
Price: $20, $15 students and seniors
How do you solve a problem like Melissa Lorraine? I thought she was something special the first time I saw her onstage, just under five years ago, in the little upstairs space at the Royal George Theatre. She was performing Juliet, an evening-length monologue by Romanian writer András Visky. Based on his mother's sufferings under communist rule, Juliet was harrowing. And Lorraine was vivid. By the time I saw her in another Visky work, Porn—also about Romanian despotism—I was ready to declare that "I'd sit through anything she chose to perform." Sometimes that hasn't been easy. Part of the reason is aesthetic and worth applauding. With her company, Theatre Y, Lorraine does insistently difficult work: heterodox, cerebral, often dark in that Manichaean way specific to eastern-European drama. But I've also felt that she's far too willing to hide her light under a bushel. Lorraine must be the most unassuming diva on the planet, serving visions that not only don't serve her but undermine what she's capable of bringing to a performance. Continue reading >>

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