Into the mirror at King St Theatre
By Erica Brennan
Into the mirror is a two act play that draws its story from the halting attempts to build and maintain intimate relationships by Tyler who is in the final stage of transition from her former female identity, Sally.
The story line is fast paced and jam packed with relationship triangles and beautiful quirky characters. With enough interwoven narrative arcs to make it seem like it could fill its own tv series.
Writer Shelly Wall has a solid grasp of her subjects and subject matter, and the staging is simple, direct and effective; not a beat missed. The only thing letting it down was odd scene changes where stage hands were brought into perform simple set changes. It felt like the creative team hadn’t quite factored them into the flow of the show. Although as mentioned before, the production overall gave me the feel of a TV series and I actually had a good time pretending that the black outs were add breaks, adding to the episodic feel of the play.
The casting was great, all working together at an equally high level, and all seemed finely tuned to their characters. A lot of care and love resulting in a captivating performance.
In fact all round a lot of love and care and good sense. I was lucky enough to see the show with the person who inspired the story and sensing their overwhelming response to the show made me feel very privileged to have come on the night I did.
Catch Into the Mirror if you love human centred drama and want to see a group of actors working at their best.