New Edgecliff Theatre’s contribution to the 2011 Fringe Festival, Catie O’Keefe’s Darker, has an enticing ambiance (at Know Theatre). The sparse set features a number of bare light bulbs that at times are blindingly bright and at others pulsing or dim. The effect is garish and mesmerizing, appropriate for a play with themes like anger, unrequited love and lost memory.
Max, carefully brought to life by Michael Carr, arrives in the drab and poorly lit office building of a light bulb manufacturer to start a new job he did not apply for. He is quickly given a desk by his bewitching boss Lucy, played by a very sultry Mindy Heithaus. Max immediately feels as though he’s missing something, that he’s been here before — he wonders if he’s “déj