Mostly positive reviews greeted Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor's recent Off-Broadway debut, Never Swim Alone, at the Soho Playhouse, and the show is now slated for a limited yet "open" run. Hot on Swim's heels comes another MacIvor work, See Bob Run, presented at the Wow Cafe, Aug. 17-27 as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. Sophia Martin stars in this tale of love, fear and the journey that is our lives.
MacIvor has good reason to debut his work at the Fringe. Never Swim Alone bowed at the 1999 festival and fared well enough to transfer to a late-night performance series at St. Mark’s Theatre, and then its current Off-Broadway run. The play is a comedic yet darkly themed play about male relationships and rivalry. Thirteen scenarios (or “rounds”) are played out between two male friends. A young woman referees; she holds a key to a dark secret in their past. Their argument mocks the style of a boxing match. They spar verbally and come closer to confronting this horrible event that has haunted them their entire adult lives.
MacIvor’s newest play, Monster, recently premiered at P.S. 122.
The Fringe Fest runs Aug. 16-27. Tickets are $12. For information on See Bob Run, call the Fringe, call (212) 420-8877, or consult the website at www.fringenyc.org.
--By Robert Simonson