‘Tis the season, for spooks and scares, and the Warehouse’ new psychological thriller, Bug provides plenty of both.
Although set in a mediocre motel the middle of America, there is nothing mediocre about the performances of the actors portraying slightly bothered in their own way, lone wolf personality types.
The play opens with a sneak peek into the life of Agnes, played by Rebecca Sayler. Agnes is a drug abusing, divorced, middle aged waitress. She is lonely at heart, (yet somehow) she has a bubbly and likeable side. Her lesbian co-worker, R.C. portrayed by Julia Benfield has been a faithful friend and co-enabler for years now, introduces Agnes to Peter.
Peter, played by Greger offers insight to his personality via thought out theories.
Peter, at first, seems to be the quiet, shy type and Max Greger’s acting is dead on as he systematically makes his way to Agnes’ lonesome heart while slowly revealing parts of himself that are vulnerable and... twisted. The undivided attention and introspective observations of Peter are just what Agnes craves. Sayler represents Agnes in a flawless performance of the righteous victim falling prey to companionship from an innocent predator.
The pair are soon taking the audience on a wild ride of “what ifs” and intimate peeks of paranoid delusions that leave you on the edge of your seat and biting your nails. As the couple bugs out, with visits from the abusive ex-husband of Agnes, Ross (portrayed by Cory Bragg) and the emphatic Dr Sweet (played by Bill Reilly) you will find yourself probing your own mind of what could be possible.
The tempo of this play, synchronizes both fight and flight in perfect harmony. The inclination to help is coexists with the response to run far, far away. The thrill of leaning in to learn more, to believe the unbelievable is conjoined with the impulse to narrow the eyes and turn the other way.
The infectious curiosity to the exploration of that “center, that place inside you that hasn’t been poked,” is something you will have to see for your own eyes. The cast of this downright terrifying drama delivers and elicits reactions that will send your heart beats racing into a fear rating zone.
Agnes, played by Sayler succumbs to Peters grandiose delusions and becomes part of the game.
*adult themes and language
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The moral of the story, Trust No One and seek help for wounds that can tear you up later!
‘Tis the season, for spooks and scares, and the Warehouse’ new psychological thriller, Bug provides plenty of both. Bug is a tale of love and paranoia by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts and directed by Jessica Zingler.
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