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None Too Fragile's emotional 'Annapurna' a tough climb, but effort worth it

by April Helms | Reporter Published: November 11, 2016 3:43 PM
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None Too Fragile closes its 2016 season with "Annapurna" by Sharr White, and the theater ends its year with a strong, moving play.

"Annapurna," directed by Sean Derry, alludes to the 10th tallest mountain in the world, in Nepal. The story centers on Emma and Ulysses (played by Derdriu Ring and Jeffrey Glover respectively). The two were previously married until one night, Emma walks out with their young son. Since that time, both have acquired significant physical and emotional scars. Twenty years later, Emma unexpectedly turns up at Ulysses' trailer, and much of the play deals with them alternatively trying to help and hurt each other.

In addition to the barbs the ex-spouses hurl at each other, Emma and Ulysses are driven to stumble through life with their own burden of guilt.

Ring and Glover are phenomenal in bringing their two deeply flawed but sympathetic characters to life. There is little action per se (although there is a lot of humor, including the rather shocking way the play starts), but the intensity of the performances kept me riveted.

"Annapurna" can be seen through Nov. 19. In addition to the Nov. 19 show, None Too Fragile will have its annual year end party from 5 to 7 p.m. on the stage.

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None Too Fragile is at 1835 Merriman Road in Akron, within Pub Bricco. For details, visit www.nonetoofragile.com online.

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