A review of Martin Dockery’s Moonlight After Midnight by Mari S. Gold
When Vanessa Quesnelle first enters the unremarkable hotel room in which Martin Dockery sits, watching a comet pass through the sky, you think she’s a call girl /soon you think no, maybe she’s a total stranger, then possibly a lover, an actress even a wife. (She also channels Patsy Cline when singing Walkin’ After Midnight and Crazy.)
The couple’s relationship is constantly shifting which is part of the charm of Moonlight After Midnight, at The Kraine Theater through April 30th. You are constantly off balance, trying to figure out what’s real and what’s not. Mid-way through this short (fifty-five minutes) piece, the relationship turns on itself and off you go again, trying to figure out what’s happening. Even the ending is up in the air as so many relationships are.
Dockery and Quesnelle are a real life couple which contributes to the natural feeling they project. Their interchanges are sharp and complete, even when they don’t quite make sense–or do they? Both are attractive people with honed talents especially Quesnelle’s voice– if she didn’t make it as an actress (which she will), she could hit it as a singer.
Moonlight After Midnight made its debut in Ottawa, Ontario in 2014 at the Ottowa Fringe Festival and then toured Canada before playing in London . This summer the show can be seen at theater festivals in Orlando, Cincinnati and Minneapolis. Dockery and Quesnelle come from New York so they love performing here but, as Dockery said after the bows, when your entire marketing budget is Facebook, you go where you can.
If you’re anywhere in the areas they’ll be appearing, do yourself a favor and buy a ticket. The evening will live on in your mind as you try and sort out what’s real and what might not be.
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