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{Evil closeup} Monster
By Daniel MacIvor and Daniel Brooks
Directed by Sherrie Johnson
Assistant Director: Sarah Phillips
Starring Daniel MacIvor
Played at Tarragon Theatre and Shaw Festival, May 12-16, 1999
A da da kamera production
Review by Michael Cottrell


{Daniel MacIvor} Colorado, Alberta, Kosovo. Anyone who does not know what has happened in these areas over the past one month is truly disconnected from the world of media.

North Americans, Canadians and Americans have a fascination with death and destruction in the world. The more gruesome the tale, the more the coverage is aired.

Our childhood fascination and fears of monsters snaggling us from under our beds has exploded in to a freakish delight of monsters in our world.

Canadian born writer and actor Daniel MacIvor explains that this fascination with the German word "schadenfreude", a delight in the misery of others. How else can one explain the cult adoration of a show such as Jerry Springer. The more miserable people are on television the more intense one becomes with the viewing.

Dr Elizabeth Kubler-Ross in studying the survivors of concentration camps said that in order for us to fully understand the atrocities we must recognize the Hitler within ourselves.

Combining the human quirk of wanting to see others misery, "of slowing down to look at a car crash" and confronting our personal evil Monster is brought back to Toronto for one more look after stunning world wide audiences.

MacIvor and Brooks are strong writers. Monster is a minimalist production. There are no elaborate back drops, no props and minimal movement. It all begins in darkness and "Shhhhhh"

{A monstrous MacIvor}The strength, and success of the play is not only its writing, but also in the one and only actor Daniel MacIvor.MacIvor relieves any dread of a one person show by summoning multiple characters from the shadows. Through his strong gift of storytelling, the audience in caught as a voyeur that can not turn away.

Writing, acting, lighting and sound all come together to portray a sinister, manic monster but not the monster out there. Monster is the play about the monster within.

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