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      See Bob Run
    There's always a hitch

    Bob is not the innocent teenage girl she first seems to bein the intelligent, multilayered psychological drama "See Bob Run" by Daniel MacIvor.


    (Originally reviewed during February 2001 run at the Red Room.)

    Bob — nobody calls her Roberta — stands on the side of the road with her thumb out, a tight Abba T-shirt, a little pink suitcase. She greets each driver with a friendly smile and stories about her family, her best friend, her boyfriend who's a singer in a rock band. She's determined to head east until she gets to the water. She could be any fresh, young teenager on an adventure — except for her mind, which, as we slowly see, is filled with ghastly memories and dim understanding.

    Written by: Daniel MacIvor.
    Directed by: Timothy P. Jones.
    Cast: Susan O'Connor.
    Few of these dark thoughts emerge outright. They're lodged in this girl's subconscious and you have to read between the lines to know what's going on there. Ultimately, many of her innocent stories are wrong, and they're interspersed with demented fairy tales she tells herself that indirectly reveal much of what's really jumbled up in her head. Her true story slowly unfolds and we watch her incrementally unravel.

    Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor's play — like his previous one, "Never Swim Alone" — won one of the top awards at the Fringe Festival, and although the two are starkly different, it's easy to see why. "See Bob Run" demands a lot of insight from the audience and repays it with a gripping story that lurks below the surface of the script. Everything about the play is painfully right. And actress Susan O'Connor, who lent a good-humored girlish charm to "Never Swim Alone," is perfect for this part — a bright-faced teen, innocent on the outside but dark and dangerous on the inside.

    FEBRUARY 19, 2001

    Reader comments on See Bob Run:

  • Good For you!   from "Bob", Jan 10, 2002
  • Need to find monologue or script to "See Bob Run   from Heather O., Nov 15, 2002
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