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Powerful questions of life and death

A short piece to sink your teeth into, Caged succeeds in using metaphors, music and dance to portray a tale of life, nature, and non-conformity. Based on a screenplay from her original short story, kudos goes to writer/co-director Caitlin Pilsworth for sharp dialogue that does just enough to pull the crowd in. A similarly sparse set design allows performances by Shawn Duggan, Lisa Snow, and co-director Tara Patriquin room to reach full potential. The theme of the play is never discussed: is it about finding one’s true self? About consumer culture’s soul-sapping effect on the population? Trying and failing to fit into societal norms? Existentialist in its message, Caged works best in that it allows audience members to come to their own conclusions. Seen on Sept. 1

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