A week after the Havana Theatre played host to Sam Shepard's Fool For Love comes yet another twisted tale of two siblings in Neil Labute's In a Forest, Dark and Deep. Produced by Naked Goddess Productions, this marks the latest Neil Labute play to hit Vancouver, and I could not have been happier!
If you're a fan of Labute's theatre of the dark and his examination of the uglier side of humanity, then you will not be disappointed with In A Forest, Dark and Deep. The story of secrets unraveling takes place in one 99 minute scene, with much kudos to the actors who carry out the work without a break. Sandra Medeiros plays Betty, the cold older sister who isn't what she appears, while Carlo Marks is electrifying as little brother Bobby determined to get to the truth using tools of misogyny, physical violence, and even seduction.
It's an anger-infused mystery that will have you unwrapping the layers with every step. The set, designed by Triane Tambay, converts the dingy back room of the Havana into a sleek modern day loft. The 80s soundtrack that plays throughout was somewhat distracting at points but the actors and the plot manage to successfully keep your attention on them.
In A Forest, Dark and Deep is on now at the Havana Theatre until May 30th. Tickets can be purchased online.