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Sitting cross-legged in an intimate theatre watching a series of set pieces about suicide may not strike you as light entertainment, but writer/director Suze Allen's play isn't all doom and gloom. In the aftermath of her real-life lover's death, Allen set up discussions, interVIews and art projects with suicide survivors and sufferers of depression, upon which she based her work. Performed With no room for mawkish sentiment, Hanging. . . powerfully portrays the myriad faces of depression. With only one problem: you don't sing about suicide. Especially not musical numbers reminiscent of OliVia Newton John mourning the loss of her Summer Love. Very strange, but thankfully not enough to totally blow it. (Betty Offerman)

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