Polygraph is play that makes you piece together a fragile understanding of the three main characters but also one that touches on how we deal with the long-term repercussions of guilt and knowledge.
Centred on three main characters, David, Lucie and Francois, the play effectively shows the versatility and talents of its three actors. Delivering powerful, emotive and at moments, gut-wrenching performances, the play begins in a confusing manner but slowly the audience gets drawn into their lives, which over time, shows to be more pained and tortured than one could imagine.
Discussing the fall of the Berlin Wall and the mysterious murder of a girl, this play has the touch of thriller and love story about it and has tones of the Cold War. Mixing up with the lives of the characters, the music and staging are all used to great effect, and the dialogue is very natural and while at times it feels a little challenging - due to the long French passages in it - it is, ultimately, very disturbing with a painful ending.
Polygraph demonstrates the long-term effect guilt has on individuals but also highlights the abuse of power authorities often have, showing how unresolved crimes often have ramifications on everyone, and leaving you thinking about the characters long after the curtains have fallen.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Dates: 17 – 29 July 2018
Location: Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda
Times: multiple times – see website for full listing