Chasing Pegasus (a play in ten chords)
by Sally McLean
Tara Wilkins, Theatre Talk
Chasing Pegasus (a play in ten chords) is a 'slice
of life' insight into what makes us as human beings tick.
While fairly mainstream as far as the idea is concerned -
a group of people are gathering for their weekly book club meeting
at the Serendipity Book Shop, so providing a chance to look at
human nature under a controlled microscope - there are clever
touches, such as when each character suddenly breaks into a monologue,
sometimes out of the blue, which gives a sense of witnessing
their inner thoughts - like we've stepped into each character's
head for a moment. This isn't always a comfortable sensation,
sometimes feeling like a gross invasion of privacy, but works
very well within the play's structure, as each character is written
with sensitivity and honesty, so making this device a fascinating
insight into how each of us, although very different in personality,
under it all are really very much the same.
Well-written and even, dare I say, inspirational, Chasing
Pegasus deftly holds up a mirror to the audience, reflecting
back our foibles and frailties without, thankfully, falling into
cliche or over-sentimentality.
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