See it if You want to see a show about issues.
Don't see it if You value good writing: the 11 scenes had no flow between them & felt like 11 different playwrights wrote them. You want realistic scenarios
See it if you like teen oriented plots and strong young actors close up and very personal. It held my attention and credulity but faltered at the end.
Don't see it if You're not interested in teen angst & you want a clear message about men who like underage girls. Script needs work, but has a strong core.
"Penny Jackson is a playwright who is not particularly fussy about original plot ideas or flawless exposition. Clichés and shortcut stereotypes abound, and we can pretty much see what's coming a mile off. But she shows a real strength in the urgency of her writing. This was true of ‘I Know What Boys Want’ and it is equally true of ‘Safe,’ whose most compelling character is the pedophile Phillip.”
"An earnest but flat social drama…Jackson has compiled a plethora of problems for her well-drawn if stereotypical characters but hasn’t succeeded at crafting a smooth presentation of them. Director Glory Kadigan’s relatively inert staging compounds the play’s flaws…Considering the patchy material and presentation, the cast’s fine and emotional performances are admirable…'Safe' is heartfelt in its intentions but inadequate in its conception and execution."
"'Safe' is a play which handles social issues that are relevant to today but Jackson's dialogue teeters on afternoon special...What did come across was the danger of the plot. The stakes, for the most part, were kept high even if the dialogue didn’t match...'Safe' tackles some important themes but Penny Jackson’s text and forced plot points hindered the piece. Another pass through the story will aid the play greatly. As it stands now, 'Safe' is mediocre at best."
"St. Thomas portrays the fractured Nina perfectly…Kadigan’s direction makes great use of the space to physically denote the characters’ emotional subtext…It is a solid play with strong elements that have been well-executed. However, I would have preferred less scene changes with the tension being built predominantly in the apartment for maximum effect. I would have also liked a stronger ending, as after the climax it sort of slowly fades out."