REVIEWS – Late Conversations

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LATE CONVERSATION
(Purple Crayon)

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POSTED 6/7/2021 – Purple Crayon says it exists to launch short-term creative projects. A good little piece here that may need some expansion ultimately. Lots of long-term memories flying around here. The start of something big.

–Linda Shary, PortFringe 2021 Independent Review Team

POSTED 6/10/2021 – I want to start by applauding Purple Crayon, and the other PortFringe artists, for all of their creativity and jumping right into the challenge of a virtual Fringe. The pandemic has forced us to create and collaborate in new and different ways, and it has definitely been challenging. Yet Purple Crayon, and all the Fringe artists, embraced that challenge to create truly Fringe-y art, so well done!

I think it’s important at the outset to say that this show should have a Content Warning for mention of suicide at 46 minutes and 9 seconds [into the overall film], or 14 minutes and 4 seconds into the piece, and is pertinent to the conversation that follows through 47 minutes and 30 seconds [of the overall film], or 15 minutes and 25 seconds into the piece.

Late Conversations follows the conversation between two sisters across and through several memories spanning their life together. One thing I enjoyed was watching the two actors. They felt natural and at ease with each other, playing well off one another. Each conversational vignette felt natural and had a flow, as well as a change of scenery to accompany it.

It did seem like the piece was part of a larger piece, as some conversations felt incomplete. It was hard to follow, at times, each snippet of conversation, as new people were introduced, and past scenes described with not much in the way of exposition. Having more background around the people introduced, and the past events referenced, would have given the conversations between the two more depth. I’d be interested to see a more fleshed out version that provides more color and flavor to the main course than it seemed was given here.

–Ian-Mer Lindsey, PortFringe 2021 Independent Review Team