by Robyn Lester
Under the direction of Mary Francis Moore, Ardal brings to life several different characters, the majority of them children. I was struck by how well written these young characters were. All too often children are portrayed as these perfect and innocent creations. It was refreshing to see an honest portrayal of children. Each young character had flaws, quirks, and a capacity to be cruel. What played out on stage is the same thing that still plays out in playgrounds today; a desperation to fit in, and a willingness to make sacrifices in order to do so. Even if those sacrifices cause hurt to someone else. The message I got from this? There are no “good” or “bad” children. There are only a collection of young individuals struggling to feel secure amongst their peers and family.
Run Time: 95 minutes, including intermission