How do you love someone when it hurts, when it’s too difficult, and when you don’t know how? Dying City – the story of war widow Kelly’s (Lesley Faulkner) interactions with her husband before he leaves, and his twin a year later (Sergio Di Zio as both) – is about war, relationships, acting, 9/11, therapy and abuse. But really it is the story of the challenge of loving correctly, and carefully. Christopher Shinn’s script is robust, and while the prose can occasionally feel purple and non-specific, it’s buoyed by its narrative reach and two precise, tense and heart-breaking performances. Raw.
Dying City has been extended until Dec 17 at Toronto Free Gallery.
Tickets: $25 (from www.dyingcity.com)