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The episodic structure of this play creates a filmic thriller – Theatre Za.

The play delves into notions of what Nola Thompson (Tammany Barton) believes to be true and real and the knock on effects for her husband, Frank (Danny de Bruyne).

t would be remiss to not acknowledge the motif of the cupcakes throughout the play. What starts as a loving peppermint treat ends up being something quite different by the end of the play. It serves as Nola’s therapy, and her way of connecting and pleasing Frank, reassuring herself that all is well in their marriage.

The episodic structure of this play creates a filmic thriller feel that keeps us in suspense for the duration of the production. The non-chronological jumps in time (created through lighting cues by Wesley France) and police tape recordings (voiced by Masasa Mbangeni, Muzi Mthembu, Tanja Franzsen and Angela Sparks) keep us guessing right up until the climax of the piece which was well executed and left this reviewer feeling the effects of films like Gone Girl or Shutter Island.

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