ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Jigsaw: a puzzle shrouded in mystery
Starring: Anne-Marie Caicco, Caroline Dolny Guerin, Scott Holden-Jones
Written & Directed by: Jayson McDonald
By Deanna DiMenna
GOD WILL SAVE ME! Eric James stars as Eric Painter and Shannon Wyant as
Vivienne in the mystery play, Jigsaw.
As I stared into the dark, a mysterious woman with long hair covering her
face, dressed in a ragged white dress, suddenly ran across the stage repeatedly
screaming, “What have you done?” An image of the freaky little
girl from the horror movie The Ring suddenly entered my head.
A creepy narrator (Dolny Guerin) appeared in shadow at the back of the stage,
and the mystery of Jigsaw , began.
When an infant’s bones are discovered at a local construction site,
Father Eric (Eric James) and Lois Manchen (Lil Malinich), a local archaeologist,
are called in to solve the case. They are soon made aware of eerie changes
in their surroundings at Lois’ apartment, including strange phone calls,
knocks at the door at late hours and a piece of a novel called Jigsaw — which
turns out to be the springboard for the plot.
Crossed phone lines take us back to the 1960s, where Lauren (Caicco), a local
reporter, and detective Eric Godbout (Holden-Jones) discover another fragment
of a novel entitled Jigsaw Puzzle, which refers to another mystery. It’s
soon made apparent that all four characters are attempting to solve the same
riddle — “Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so
are you... ” appears in both novels and is recited throughout the play.
The second act places the characters in the basement of the Rose Hotel where
they encounter a prostitute, Vivienne (Shannon Wyant), who had scandalous sexual
relations with a priest and became the mother of an infant known as “Blue
One of the best scenes in the play mixes the present day with a ’60s
flashback. The scene shows the four characters in a panicked state attempting
to uncover the mysterious events that took place before the Rose Hotel burned
down in 1925, causing the infant’s death.
However, Father Eric and Lois are unaware of detective Eric and Lauren’s
presence, creating an interesting effect that allows dialogue to shoot back
and forth between the two parties.
Jigsaw is a captivating play with a complex plot, which is carefully planned
and extremely well written. The mystery engages the audience at all times,
constantly begging the question, “What happens next?” Jigsaw will
leave you with chills running down your spine!
Jigsaw runs tonight at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Evening tickets
are $12, and matinees are $6. They are available at the door, or in advance,
by calling 642-2767. The show runs at The Arts Project, 203 Dundas St. between
Richmond and Colborne Sts..