REVIEW: Dead Wrong @ The Ottawa Fringe Festival

In Katherine Glover’s one-woman show, Dead Wrong, a woman is forced to confront her past when she learns that new evidence has exonerated the man she picked out of a police line-up for a brutal assault against her.

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Dead Wrong is Katherine Glover’s one-woman show about a woman who, after being raped and severely beaten, picks the wrong man out of the police lineup, ultimately sending him to jail for a rape he did not commit. The play, while fictionalized, is based on many real life accounts of how eye-witness testimony can be easily manipulated and wrong.

Katherine Glover is phenomenal. She’s a great writer. She has a great stage presence but I personally feel like she approached this subject from the wrong angle. By making herself, the main character, the one who was wrong – yet so adamantly sure that she was right – she almost makes the main character, despite the trauma that she went through, unlikeable. Glover’s script would also jump from being a presentation of this broken character into being conversational, where it feels like she wanders off the script and starts to say “um” a lot.

With a one-hour one-woman show the play eventually did have to wrap up; and Glover did it capably to give some closure to some characters, but not to all. This play attempts to show the holes and cracks in the Criminal Justice System – and it starts to shine a light on the issue. This is definitely a play that deserved more than the 8 people that were in its audience and gets a high three.

Matthew Champ

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Matthew Champ is the lead reviewer for Production Ottawa's review team, Should You See It, making sure that whether it's local theatre or the latest Hollywood blockbuster to hit theatres, you know whether or not it's worth spending your time or money on.

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