By Don De Lillo
Directed by Alyson Campbell
With Ella Caldwell, Olivia Connolly, Daniel Frederiksen, Adam Hunter, Anthony Johnson, Zoe Stark & Peter Stratford
Set Design by Kathryn Sproul
Lighting by Richard Whitehouse
The Day Room (Nov 25 – Dec 19, 2004) Lisa Cugnetto, Beat Magazine, 2/12/2004
Nothing is what it seems in Red Stitchs final show for the year, The Day Room.
American playwright Don De Lillo has written a clever, unsettling work that explores the fine line between reality and fantasy, or more so, sanity and insanity. What and who is real in a world where all that you believe to be true is really something else?
Directed by Alyson Campbell, the play begins in a hospital room where the anxious, introverted Wyatt (played wonderfully by Daniel Frederiksen) awaits a visit from his doctor and the determined Budge (Peter Stratford) fishes for interesting talk. But as the play progresses, madness unravels. The people you assume to be patients, doctors and nurses are all psychiatric patients in role-play; residents of the Arno Klein psychiatric ward.
Highly amusing, unusual and almost absurd, The Day Room is not an easy play to understand. And while not for everyone, The Day Room is thought-provoking wickedly warped fun.