The Shape of a Girl Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 12 2009

So much about this show seems wrong at first. The hulking set by Richard and Jacqueline Penrod--a Vancouver pier, complete with heavy timbers, steel grating, and a standing pool of water--looks more appropriate to the rumble scene in West Side Story than Joan MacLeod's delicate, single-character script. And MacLeod herself never directly confronts her sensational inspiration: the 1997 beating death of 14-year-old Reena Virk at the hands of a clique of kids--seven girls and a boy--she'd been trying to hang out with. Instead, the playwright takes an oblique route to the murder through Braidie, a teen whose only connection to Virk is geographical and psychic proximity. And yet all this wrongness ends up working. The overwhelming weight of the set emphasizes Braidie's vulnerability as she leads us to the core tribal codes by which adolescent girls live--and, in Virk's case, die. Alice Wedoff's peformance as Braidie is the final bit of right wrongness. Coming across as one-note much of the time, it nevertheless manages to accrue a painful truthfulness before it's done. --Tony Adler

Price: $15-$25

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