The Killing Fever (Four plays about Love)

Published in Beat magazine (2007)

La Mama until 9th September, 2007

Adam J.A Cass certainly has been a diligent little thespian lately, having his writing fingers in 3 of the 4 plays at La Mama this fortnight, as well as directing all of them.

The shows opens with The Suspicious Package, and displays Cass’ originality as a writer and introducers us to his character’s neurotic tendencies, addressing the audience in first person as he narrates his account of meeting a girl on the platform of a train station. The constant annotation of “I said”—“she said” at the end of everything that, ah, he or she said, as well as the protagonist’s commentary in between everything that he or she said serve as the trademark of the little skit. While a little annoying at first, the flurry of “I said”—“she said” at the end is pulled off cleverly and demonstrates Cass’ unique narrative creativity, of which is showcased in the following plays.

Anna Den Hartdog’s Sister Three, in which she also plays the part of Dolly, is not a bad little piece and suggests promise as both actress and playwright, with a standout performance by Milijana Cancar as the crazy-but-uncannily-insightful Mrs. Elder.

Cass’ co-writer for the feature production, Lauren Bailey, has helped Adam to create a play vastly different from the shorter vignettes that feature a similar awkward creep as its hero. The Killing Fever is again an exercise in unconventional narrative, and while the idea of representing Kristen’s other personalities is not necessarily an original one, and is sometimes a little unconvincing in its attempt to be almost haunting, it fares well in the overall finished product of the play and leaves you with a reflective analysis that suggest that, yes, love sometimes can be like that; I don’t know what, but kinda like that, a killing fever maybe—and any show that invokes any kind of reflection is a successful one.

By Daniel Vigilante

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