FRINGE REVIEW: God of Obsidian
I can’t recall a time when an audience has responded so viscerally during a production. I was feeling it right there with them. GOD OF OBSIDIAN is a sharper than a tack, taking what could have been a polarizingly preachy topic and making it accessible to everyone. You can find subtext throughout the script, or you can enjoy it as a character study. I chose to do both.
Mac Rogers, the playwright, stars as “Nathan.” “Alice,” the stunning Rebecca Comtois, is a woman who falls in love with him. He’s charming, but more than that he’s a very subtle manipulator . . . at first. Increasingly controlling, but always in the most gaslighty of ways. It’s horrifying and superbly entertaining.
Rogers is convincing in his role; you could see Rebecca is immediately taken in. It’s also easy to understand why she would stay – as it became apparent to the vocal and expressive audience what was happening, she was slow to catch up. And appropriately so.
Both actors do a masterful job and this script is one of the best Fringe pieces of the last several years. I appreciate the allusions being made to our current political landscape, but also found the playwright’s notes in the program thoughtful and provoking.
With a minimal but imaginative set, two very talented actors, and a powerful, passionate script GOD OF OBISIDAN is not to be missed.
GOD OF OBSIDIAN runs again at Gabriel’s Corner on Monday, June 5th at 7:45pm. Click here for more information.