All of the world’s a stage. Or at least, you’ll hope it is after witnessing Anne Bobby’s multi-hyphenate take on Disposophobia: Fear of Being Disposed Of for the second season of the acclaimed web series In Fear Of. Best known to scare freaks for her compassionate portrayal of Lori in the Clive Barker’s seminal Nightbreed, Bobby is actually, at heart, a well traveled theater veteran. Having created, produced and performed in multiple Broadway and touring productions, Bobby brings her fine tuned, board treading sensibilities to her acting and writing here, resulting in a chilling entry in this relatively new horror exercise.
With compassionate, fine tuned directing by Jon Ecklund, Disposophobia centers around Pamela, a seemingly well-to-do woman, who is determined to exist on the fringes of society. A meeting in the park with her brash yet concerned mother (a leveled yet passionate Barbara Rosenblatt) reveals the duo’s alternative takes on their past history and offers glimpses into Pamela’s assumed psychosis. But, perhaps, nothing is as it seems as Bobby’s ever expanding script leads into a truly chilling, ultimately surprising denouement.
Throughout, Bobby’s performance is a natural marvel. Revealing, down to her unshaven legs, her Pamela is ultimately the perfect representation of society’s overwhelming uncertainties and the side effects of the unfortunate inability to reach a level of certain grace. Thus, with accomplished assets from Ecklund and Rosenbalt, Bobby’s first foray into scripted terror is a true example of emotional horror at its very finest.
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