Review of Mockingbird Close
Publication Date: 26 June, 2008
By Paul Blinov
Mmmm … a theatrical buffet. The platter of four one-act plays currently up for consumption at the Walterdale’s Trading Stages is a mostly satisfying collection of shows, with two of four shows being presented each evening (the script of a new playwright mentored by an established voice, plus a script from said mentor).
Trevor Schmidt’s Mockingbird Close, however, is the tightly written, well-explored highlight of both evenings. Like a Grimm fairy tale set in middle-class suburbia, it spins a dark, poetic tale of Iris and Hank’s routine suburban life gone horribly awry after their child disappears. Performers Jeremy Thomson and Tiana Leonty nail their multiple-personality performances, switching from creepy neighbour to lonely, horny neighbour and back. Schmidt has an uncanny knack for giving each brief little character snippet unexpected depth, too, making every encounter much more gripping. It’s the best show in the two night collection, and one of the most gripping one acts I’ve ever seen.