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In the Backseat

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First-time playwright Sam Fisher has proved himself a man to watch with In the Backseat. While not a perfect play---its world view is too unrelentingly negative, and the dialogue between the two romantic leads is, at times, preachy and stilted---it is a thought-provoking one, and entertaining, to boot. The story is about an immigrant cab driver, Hiram (played by Toronto-based DalTheatre grad Sanjay Talwar), and his difficult love affair here in Canada with a woman from a higher caste (Pragna Desai). Hiram is exposed to many personalities and philosophies in his work, and it's a lot of fun to watch the ensemble cast of fantastic local actors become new characters for the various scenes. The staging is surprisingly effective, with chairs used to represent the cab, and projections used to set the scene and convey the sense of movement. Alderney Landing Theatre, 2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth, Tue-Fri 8pm, Sat-Sun 3pm/8pm, $29.65-$35.92, 461-4698,

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