Dennis Kelly’s play DNA is a straight forward narrative of a group of high school girls who, through a prank, cause one of their own to have a tragic accident, and in trying to cover it up, cause even greater tragedy.
The play has humour, drama and darkness, and deals with power, gangs and leadership. It stands strong on its own. However, this production’s director and projection designer, Chariana Thompson has added some contemporary dance sequences that, while well choreographed and staged, are unnecessary, obscure and pretentious.
The unnamed cast do well, but there is some upstaging and some over-exaggeration of emotions from a couple of the girls.
It should be said though, that the predominantly teenage opening night audience were really appreciative. But for a more mature audience, there are better Fringe offerings.
Reviewed by Brian Godfrey
Venue: Channel 9 Kevin Crease Studios, 202 Tynte Street, North Adelaide
Season: 26 February 2014 – 1 March 2014
Duration: 60 minutes
Bookings: Book through FringeTix online or phone 1300 621 255