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In the modern fringe and festival scene, acrobatics, lights, and glamour often take center stage, but the most memorable nights can be found on a simple small stage where storytelling creates magic. A Place That Belongs to Monsters is a beautiful example of well-crafted and beautifully performed theatre that transports you to another time and place.

Casey Jay Andrews is utterly captivating, recounting the stories of four women at different stages in their lives, each dealing with their own internal struggles in an unfair and unkind world. Loosely inspired by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, these narratives traverse the ubiquitous human experiences of grief, rebellion, defiance, compassion, bravery, and determination.

These characters are ones you can get behind. You immediately become wrapped up in their individual plights, curious about where they will end up next and how they will ultimately fare. As the story switches between each character, Andrews seamlessly picks up where she left off, taking you back to the courageous little girl, the complicated lovestruck teen, the lady in her thirties dealing with loss, and the elderly woman on her personal pilgrimage. The original soundtrack by George Jennings perfectly punctuates the path each tale takes.

All roads converge as the various horses lead the characters to the same location but to very different places.

A Place That Belongs to Monsters evokes a great nostalgia for a bygone era of magical moments at the Elizabeth St Factory, Tuxedo Cat, Depot, La Boheme, or any of the other small random holes in the wall of the past fringes that hosted memorable pieces of whimsy and delight. These are the type of stories that stay with you, poetic and spellbinding, capturing your heart for an hour and hopefully taking up a space in your memories for years to come.

Tamara Haines

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