Starring Lindsey Clark, Sascha Cole, Sean Dixon. Written and directed by Jordan Tannahill. Factory Studio Theatre, to Jan. 13.
In a festival full of rather traditional ensemble dramas, the prospect of a “live film” stands out like a cellphone ringing in a dark theatre. And fortunately, this experiment, conceived by writer and director Jordan Tannahill and originally presented at the 2010 SummerWorks festival, pays off with intriguing results. With a new cast and a slightly revised script, Post Eden tells the story of a group of residents of Neighbourly Lane in Richmond Hill: a divorced couple, their daughter, their deceased dog, and a mysterious neighbour boy. Tannahill’s mixed approach is far from a mere gimmick—the live performance and film components complement and inform each other, revealing a visually and thematically complex look at life in and around an unassuming suburb. Post Eden begins quiet and detached and ends with energy and noise.