Phaedra's Love

When: May 9-13, 8 p.m. and May 12-13, 2 p.m. 2012

Short, yes. Sweet, no. Phaedra’s Love is a 70-minute play that begins with mindless masturbation, proceeds to perfunctory blow jobs and incestuous rape, and ends with a corpse-littered stage bathed in blood and pulsing entrails. (Okay, I made up the “pulsing” part, but not the rest.) While this is obviously not theatre that will appeal to everyone, playwright Sara Kane’s pitch-black “comedy” is nothing if not thought-provoking. The play is a reimagining of an ancient Greek tale of irrational, obsessive love but Kane has updated it to comment on everything from the mob mentality to the dangers of both an unexamined and an over-examined life. Ben Irvine does a remarkable job in the central role of the Hippolytus, a man who has been emotionally crippled by privilege and who is, unfortunately, smart enough to recognize it. It’s not often that Halifax gets to see material this controversial. Kudos to Taboo Theatre for staging it. -Kate Watson

Price: $10-20

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