Members say: Intense, Absorbing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Great acting

About the show

Soulpepper Theatre Company presents Pamela Mala Sinha's solo show about loss and trauma.

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After a loved one dies, a woman must face the shattering memories of a past trauma. 'Crash' is the fractured unraveling of memory; blending projections, myth, and dance into a narrative about family, faith and love. Part of the Soulpepper on 42nd Street festival.

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The Globe and Mail

for a previous production “Sinha has written a truly harrowing piece of theatre, a play all the more remarkable for being her first…Though presented in a chopped-up chronology, there’s nothing fuzzy about Sinha’s narrative, and everything rings true in its heartbreaking uniqueness. It all feels deeply personal...Director Alan Dilworth provides a stylish but sensitive staging for a story of violence against women. He keeps the tension high throughout…The whole package impresses thoroughly.” Full Review

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Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like one women shows about rape

Don't see it if you dont like intense 1 person shows (about rape) & leave show being emotionally drained & question the entertainment value of production

Absorbing, Epic, Intense

See it if You enjoy intense one-woman shows.

Don't see it if You find discussions of rape, trauma, and failures of the police system difficult.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great staging, Haunting

See it if you enjoy psychological dramas. This one is very well done. Great acting, directing and tech.

Don't see it if You're disturbed by psychological dramas. This show is intense.

Edgy, Tedious, One-note, Brave

See it if You are moved by personal (and true) stories of harrowing victimization and the reverberations in a woman's life. You admire truthtelling.

Don't see it if You prefer polished acting/writing. Despite the graphic material, this felt tedious at times and the author/actor had a monotonous tone.

Banal, Confusing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you like poorly written and acted one-woman shows with an utterly confusing plot - if there even was a plot?

Don't see it if you want something thought-provoking and moving - that's what I thought this was going to be and was disappointed.

Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you like well done one person shows that deal with a very painful subject matter...

Don't see it if you can't handle shows about a person's psychological pain...

Intense, Resonant, Harrowing

See it if you enjoy deeply personal monologues about difficult subject matter. This spare, well done piece was difficult to watch but well done.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to pieces about violence against women and lots of sudden loud noises.

Intense, Well acted, Unfocused, Well staged, Harrowing

See it if you want to be in the mind of a woman who suffered a horrifying sexual assault. The pain is presented intensely.

Don't see it if you want to learn how the woman has learned to carry on or to put the assault into a broader societal/international context.

Also Crash was haunting and disturbing, but it was not for me.

Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Great set & lighting, Great sound & video

See it if Described by the writer/performer as a “fractured unraveling of memory” you are witness to the inner thoughts of a Canadian Hindu girl who

Don't see it if you do not want to deal with serious subjects.

Also is unable to recognize her assaulter, and tried to attempt suicide. Th... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You can see a well crafted one woman show about the aftermath of a horrific rape on the girl and her Hindu family.

Don't see it if It hits too close to home. It is difficult to watch her going through so much pain.

Dark, Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Slow

See it if You want to see a unique story about two of the most personal experiences this woman is likely to ever have. Darkly disturbing.

Don't see it if You're not prepared to confront some really serious issues on a deeply personal level. This show meanders a bit but it's uniquely told.

Great acting, Must see, Riveting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you are interested in Hindu/Canadian perspective on faith, father/daughter and other familial relationships and rape and performance poetry

Don't see it if you are disturbed by depiction/discussion of rape, bored by reflection on religious faith, cannot sit 90 min. w/o interval for 1 woman show

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Profound

See it if familial relationships are meaningful to you.Brilliant performance describing the exotic & familiar of an Indian family's response to rape.

Don't see it if you would be uncomfortable watching a one person show exploring the aftermath of a violent rape.

Sad, Intelligent, Intense, Emotional

See it if you're interested in storytelling that takes you on a personal journey and searches for answers in the wake of a traumatic event.

Don't see it if you do not like one-woman shows and cannot handle the dark and tragic recounting of a sexual assault and its aftermath.

Sad, Intimate, Painful

See it if you like one-person "memory plays" that meander over women's issues of seduction, loss, assault, suicide attempts, family & faith

Don't see it if you have unresolved PTSD over rape, suicide attempts or death of a loved one

Also Has some beautiful moments but feels like all of this woman's pain was... Read more Read less

Great acting, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You have an hour to see some great acting...period. The play is a howling bore!! Lucky people escaped midway thru, I wasn't so lucky.

Don't see it if You can get a table at MacDonald's

Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You like fragmented storytelling. You enjoy movement-based staging. You want riveting storytelling. You want great acting.

Don't see it if You don't want or can't hear stories about sexual violence. You dislike one-performer shows. You don't like intense, dark themes.

Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you like one woman shows with dance,poety type,not linear new shows

Don't see it if you want something upbeat,are uncomfortable with sexual attack,break in stories with dance,movement

Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You want to encounter the worst experience-and then to encounter the opposite through love.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy one person shows even when well written and acted.

Absorbing, Edgy, Intense

See it if You want to see a powerful and compelling one woman show about a traumatic event and what happens in the aftermath.

Don't see it if You don’t like disjointed productions, loud unexpected noises or shows about violence against women.

Also While this isn’t a feel good, happy ending type of show, it is a wonde... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Profound, Great staging

See it if If you want to see a moving show about a tramatic event and how it effected her life and entire family. What a journey you go on!

Don't see it if If you don't like one woman shows, or don't want to see the ripple effects of a tramatic effect on n a family unit.

Emotional, Personal, Difficult, Not entertaining

See it if You enjoy a one woman show recounting a personal horrible event and the aftermath. She did well with few props and some clever projections

Don't see it if Its about one hour-feels long because the intensity stays constant. There is no relief. Its powerful but not entertaining or enjoyable

Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Riveting

See it if You want to see true vulnerability onstage.

Don't see it if Triggers: abuse, rape.

Also While not a super polished and masterfully-performed/written piece, Pa... Read more Read less

Edgy, Intense, Great staging

See it if you can stay focused on intensly listen to the dialogue

Don't see it if You don't like very serious and intense solo shows

Intense, Great staging

See it if you want to see into the darkness in someone's life

Don't see it if you're afraid of the subject matter