|Innovocative Theatre (Lutz, FL) presents:
Dark Vanilla Jungle
Thurs May 11 7:40pm, Sat May 13 3:35pm, Sun May 14 8:50pm
The mesmerizing solo performance of Marie-Claude Tremblay as Andrea, a young woman grappling with what is left of her sanity as she shares her gut wrenching story. Philip Ridley’s harrowing script and Tremblay’s performance will make you laugh, cry, and squirm in your seat.
Drama – 1 Hour
PRESS & REVIEWS
About the 2015 production directed by Staci Sabarsky, the Indy Week five-star review by Byron Woods said: “As we watch with concern and increasing horror, we can see an elastic young mind gradually rewiring itself in response to the damage it’s known. As it does, something dark and very hungry blossoms in a bright young girl, in the most compelling local production I’ve seen in quite some time. Drop everything; this you’ve got to see.”
About the 2016 production at The Camden Fringe Festival in London, www.londoncitynights.com awards a four-star review and writes: “Philip Ridley is a playwright notorious for grappling with subjects most would rather sweep under the rug. His work covers the gamut of extreme violence, sexual perversion and psychological oppressiveness, all slathered with pitch black humour and an obsessive attention to detail. But, even amongst his atrocity-studded bibliography, Vanilla Dark Jungle has a certain notoriety.”
The review continues, “Part confessional/part autobiography, Ridley introduces us to Andrea, a young girl. All she wants is to love, and to be loved in return. Yet life can’t stop kicking her in the teeth: her father disappeared soon after she was born, leaving her to be raised by her couldn’t-give-a-shit Mum, who callously and suddenly disappears upon his return. Abandoned in a grotty flat, she tiptoes along the borders of mental illness until she’s ‘rescued’ by her never before seen grandmother… a symphony of horribleness: neglect, delusion, paedophilia, gang-rape, manipulation, paranoia, self-loathing, fear, abuse, miscarriage and complete and abject humiliation. But hey, that’s Ridley for ‘ya.”
Matthew Rees, an audience member at the Camden Festival tweeted, “Dark Vanilla Jungle should be renamed Dark Dark Dark. It’s immensely gripping, very weird and hugely rewarding.”
This is one show of the festival you don’t want to miss. And one you’ll never forget.