The Diary of a Dress
Reviewed by Mark Brown
Georgia is justly renowned for the lyricism and boldness of its theatre, and the skill of its actors. So, Tamara Bartaia’s one-woman play The Diary of a Dress, which is performed by young actress Tamara Bziava and directed by Hillary Wood as part of the ‘Discover Georgia in Edinburgh’ showcase, seems an enticing prospect.
Sadly, however, there is a deadening flatness to this very literal piece in which the titular dress is bluntly anthropomorphised. From the chic French garment’s purchase in Moscow and its departure from the city, to its travails through the life of its owner and, finally, into the hands of her daughter, the episodes are, generally, too brief to really engage one’s emotions (for instance, a war comes and goes in the blink of an eye, leaving no trace).
To make matters worse, the script, in its English translation at least, lacks poetry or vitality. Indeed, one can’t help but feel that Bziava (battling valiantly against a minuscule audience in week one of the Fringe), would achieve greater expressiveness in her mother tongue.
Hill Street Theatre, 226 6522, until 24 Aug, 11.30am, £5.
This review was originally published on the website of The List magazine on August 20, 2013:
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