FRINGE REVIEW: The Bender has some steep turns

It is immediately clear that this piece deals with some heavy topics, such as depression, suicide and self-harm.

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Phase 5, Acacia Hall (10433 83 Ave.)

The audience is greeted by cast members Corine Demas, Kai Hall and Steven Darnell who exclaim, “Open hearts, open minds.” It is immediately clear that this piece deals with some heavy topics, such as depression, suicide and self-harm.

Delores is a 40-year-old queer woman who is at her wits end after her partner dies by suicide. She develops a complicated relationship with Jordan, a young trans man played by Hall. They often hang out in Delores’ basement, smoking and drinking, sessions that sometimes lead to them getting on benders involving straight men, some of whom are Delores’ casual lovers.

Delores and Jordan, both members of a local poetry open-mic night, often share their struggles of unrequited love and the harsh reality of coming out as trans people.

Some comic relief comes in the way of the thirsty and tender Liam. Dressed in a Metallica t-shirt and bright yellow sarong adorned with hibiscus blossoms, his first spoken word in this piece expresses his absolute strong desire to fuck.

There were times when cast members seemed a little too practiced in their roles and seemed a little amateurish with the lack of props that could have enhanced certain acts of the play.

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