Stacey’s father has just died and she’s hiding out in his apartment. Grief can make a person do strange things – but she’s missed his funeral and the wake as well. Her estranged elder brother Sam arrives to talk sense and restore some sort of reality, but it is not without a struggle. It’s been a long 15 years since they’ve really been together and there are childhood memories to share – and vainly try to hide – but slowly the truth seeps out.
Incest might not be the most pleasant of issues to confront in the theatre, but Chelsea Ingram (Stacey) and Luke Edward Smith (Sam) tackle it in this two-hander, billed as one of the best offerings at this years Sydney Fringe Festival. It is a return home for the New-York-based Australians who are both graduates of the Lee Strasberg Institute of method acting.
Written by Ingram and directed by Herman Pretorius, Keep Calling traverses some dark and disturbing places, where anger feeds confusion, longing gives way to addiction and the despair of not being able to give up. Ingram takes the show back to New York later in the year for a season with the Primitive Grace theatre company. (GW)