The Same Room crafts a hauntingly beautiful panopticon prison, an intimate psychological thriller that delivers hard truths of the human experience.
The Same Room
Written by Kelley Pierre
Directed by Scott Golden
Venue: The Broadwater (Studio) 1078 Lillian
General Admission: $$$12.00
Run Time: 1Hr
Tickets can be purchased at https://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/5954
Our story begins with our two characters Thyma(Kelley Pierre) and Aspid(Sam Sheeks) simultaneously thrown into a dark, locked chamber. The only thing there to take up any space is a small table with two chairs, and the horrible, gut-wrenching realization that these two people who seem have a great deal of history with each other, are now locked in this prison together with no seemingly way out.
I am hesitant to say any much more about the story, as I am a firm believer in not spoiling this production and it needing to be experienced in person for the first. I strongly encourage you to go into this play, with as little knowledge as you can.
I applaud the great use of the small space and the thoughtfully crafted set design, the layout of the room can feel both claustrophobic and intimate depending on brilliant use of lights and special effects.
Pierre's writing is so nuanced and it hits home so often, you don't feel the need to root for any one of the two characters, both feel so human, honest and broken and they are absolutely brought to life by the performances of Pierre and Sheeks.
Whether you are finding your chest tighten and it feels hard to breathe alongside Thyma, or when you begin to feel your fist clench and your indignation rising with Aspid. You are so closely invested in these broken souls that time itself seems to slip away.
The Same Room is an extraordinary, intoxicating play. It's hard, twisted edges can be uncomfortable to begin with, but anyone willing to take the time and listen can learn about the importance of learning to speak love to oneself and others.
It is without a shadow of a doubt I recommend seeing this production, this is a must see performance at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
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