Thursday, September 19, 2013

Invisible Theatre’s 'The Letters' is a doubleplusgood drama

Power struggle play echoes Orwell's 1984

Dave Irwin
TucsonSentinel.com

Better known for light comedy, Invisible Theatre opened its 43rd season with a taut psychological drama that owes much to “1984,” George Orwell’s dystopian novel, as well as to the Soviet era that provides the play’s setting.

The backdrop for “The Letters,” by John W. Lowell, is the Soviet Union of 1931, as Joseph Stalin was consolidating his dictatorship through fear and reprisals towards any and all opponents, actual or perceived. The play examines the issues of a culture built on fear and deception, through a two-person power struggle fraught with suspicion, manipulation and intrigue.

The cat and mouse game begins

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Lori Hunt and Roberto Guajardo in
Lori Hunt and Roberto Guajardo in 'The Letters.'
photo by Tim Fuller