Qurrat Ann Kadwani in "Intrusion."
The 18tth San Diego International Fringe Festival winds up this weekend at multiple venues downtown. Here are a couple of offerings I caught on Friday, both of which you can see yourself before the festival is over:
• Qurrat Ann Kadwani’s one-woman show “Intrusion” envisions a society 20 years from now in which rape has been educated and legislated out of existence. Then – a rape occurs, and all the fury and pain believed to have been banished forever resurfaces. In her one-hour performance, Kadwani portrays multiple characters, including a frustrated prosecutor, a theory-spouting psychologist,, a smarmy politician and even a frightened third-grader. “Intrusion” is intense and laden with uncompromising messages about the objectification and victimization of women, as well as the elusiveness of justice. The sight lines aren’t the best at the Bristol Hotel Fringe venue, but you can see clearly the truths Kadwani makes starkly evident.
“Intrusion” will be performed today, Saturday June 30, at 9 p.m. at the Bristol Hotel.
• “Bunny,” presented by Portland’s Prismagic, is a combination of acrobatics, magic and comedy (there’s even a brief moment of nudity), all crammed into about 35 minutes at the Lyceum Space in Horton Plaza. It’s whimsical circus-like entertainment that features “bunnies,” but never does the obvious of pulling one out of a hat. The recorded music accompanying the antics, however, is way too loud.
“Bunny” will be performed tomorrow, July 1, at 11:30 a.m. in the Lyceum Space, Horton Plaza.
David L. Coddon is theater critic for San Diego CityBeat