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Pretty Pieces 

Great acting, unnecessary ending

Leigh Ann Bellamy and Mike Sheppard play desperate siblings who feel the world closing in on them in this dramatic piece from Kingston, Ontario-based writer Charles Robertson. Set in a bachelor apartment, an agoraphobic sister passes the time away acting as mother to a child she wishes would love her back. She waits for her drug addict brother to come home from selling himself on the streets in order to get high long after the unemployment cheques run out.The play picks up as the two are about to be evicted. With few options left, the brother decides to leave his sister behind. In return, she threatens to do something drastic in an attempt to hold onto her only connection to the outside world.Serious in tone, Pieces offers two excellent performances from its leads - especially Bellamy, who may be one of the best actors at the 2006 Fringe - but the story drags a little past the audience’s patience and the climax feels contrived compared to the dialogue that came before it. However, the passion invested by Bellamy and Sheppard lifts Pretty Pieces above the average festival entry. Seen on Sept. 8

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