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The Gift

USA 2017
produced by
Todd Staruch for Theatre of Terror
directed by Tom Ryan
starring Heather Brittain O'Scanlon, Adam Ginsberg, John Zion, Danielle Nicolette Najarian, Edward X. Young, Sanj Surati, Carianna Ryan, Marc Shuley, K.J. Hopkins, Milan Davidek, Keith Armonaitis
written by Tom Ryan


review by
Mike Haberfelner

Prostitute Donna (Heather Brittain O'Scanlon) might just have accidently killed her john (Sanj Surati) in what was at best a minor altercation, but now she finds herself on the run, and ducks into a curio shop - and finds the shopkeeper (Adam Ginsberg) to be more than sympathetic to her cause, so much so that she soon opens up to him, telling her tale of woe, about how she had once been a caring wife and mother, who eventually got crushed by her job in big business - so much so that she started taking drugs to keep her running, but neglecting her family in the process, so much so that her husband (John Zion) divorced her. Soon after that, she lost her job, but as she failed to kick the habit, she eventually slid into prostitution - which eventually led her to here. Still, the shopkeeper seems to be sympathetic as can be, so much so that he grants her a wish. Thing is, she might want to be careful what to wish for ...


A likeably macabre morality play that doesn't try to hammer its message home though but wrapped into a well-constructed and nicely told tale populated by fleshed-out characters that ends in a dark twist. And a suitably subtle direction and solic cast sure help bring this to life.

Well worth a watch.


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