Derek Boyes, Miriam Fernandes (photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)
Guided Into The Dark
by Beat Rice
As a two-person play, with a lot of back and forth between the two, casting would be a challenge. Perfectly casted Derek Boyes played a dorky and endearing middle aged Western man who is clearly lonely and has issues with pride and shame. Miriam Fernandes plays a manipulative and feisty girl with her own mysterious agenda. Both actors look, sound and play their roles with total believability. In fact the entire production came across as very realistic. It is presented in real time, in text that is spoken in modern vernacular, in a room that looks like a plain, crummy hotel room in a developing country. It is clear when the shutters are open that we are in a developing country-because of the metal bars across the windows.