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Thursday, May 17, 2012

I, Animal

Three characters linked by life's big questions

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM


In I, Animal, Daniel MacIvor’s newest work, we’re introduced to three characters: “Man in Scrubs”, “Boy in Hoodie” and “Woman in Prada”. Man is queer and black (Not gay and African American. It’s an important distinction for him). He’s dealing with questions about anger, death and love. Boy is inquisitive and angsty. His issues centre on death and friendship. Woman is privileged and a little shallow. She struggles with friendship and aging. These three never share the stage, have little in common, and presumably don’t know of each others’ existences, yet they are connected to each other, to us and to the greater world by their quest for answers to life’s big (and little) questions. The direct-address monologues perfectly capture the language of each character, and slowly draw us into the complexities of their lives. This play showcases MacIvor’s uncanny gift for unearthing universal themes from quirky, specific characters.

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