Reviewer: Charles Tyrer
The Public Reviews Rating:
We all know the story of Pandora’s Box. After finally giving into temptation she got the key, lifted the lid and the box was opened and all conceivable evils were released, causing havoc and devastation in every corner of the planet. However, in the mist of her anguish Pandora opened the box one last time and released hope.
Whilst the concept and premise to B O X are strong, the narrative rarely seems to do it justice. Bea (Adriana Colón) and Elle (Margaret Kerr) are perfectionists who have a love hate relationship, brimming with tension. They spend their life bickering, and debating etiquette. They break the fourth wall when little red boxes randomly appear in their apartment. Charmingly, each time they break it they build a relationship with their audience, branding them with names and delving into a one on one dialogue with them. This double act is a success; it is clear both actresses know their character’s well which reveals a clear and frequently hilarious relationship, in which improvisation can sustain and thrive.
Whilst slick, well-rehearsed and having great characterisations; these can only be seen as redeeming qualities to the piece. Yet they do serve as a pointer to the company having potential; in what is their debut performance. The piece feels like it’s an elongated opening; there are insightful and entertaining moments throughout, but it soon becomes stagnant. We understand the characters here are petrified of opening the door of their ‘box’ to the outside world, but this does not sustain an audience’s interest. Pandora’s Box has a progressive narrative; it remains as she dared open the box. Pandora released a host of evils and hopes; if Bea and Elle had dared open the box, and had stepped outside and experienced these, the piece would have flourished.
Runs until 26th AugustEdinburgh Fringe: B O X - C Nova,