Wally Keeler attended the dress rehearsal on Thursday, September 20, and posted this review on Facebook.
MARY’S WEDDING, FIREHALL THEATRE, COBOURG.
The enormous human tragedy of World War One that ended 100 years ago was brought to the stage of the Firehall Theatre. The enormity was carried on the shoulders of only two actors.
Mary’s Wedding, written by Stephen Massicotte, is the first of three productions by Northumberland Players to celebrate and honour the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. Jack Boyagian directed the performances of the two young actors who rose to the challenge.
It’s no small challenge. Aside from memorizing well over an hour’s worth of lines, they are constantly on the move on stage, and not just physically, but also in time, fast-forward, rewind, new memory, new dream. The two actors did a splendid job of balancing horror with innocence as they portrayed lovers. Mary is dressed in a simple white house dress in bare feet presenting the innocence and vulnerability amid a scene of carnage.
I found myself charmed with invisible objects, of actors playing pretend, of Mary opening an envelope and reading a letter from Charlie. It would be easy to provide a prop for this action, but there was no envelope, physically. There was no horse on stage, but they stroked it, they walked it, they rode it, and we all saw it in our minds, the best place to apprehend and process.
Be prepared for an audio assault because there is lots of gunfire, explosions, thunder, and a visual assault, because the explosions and lightning are powerfully rendered. And it is unrelenting, with brief pauses of tenderness between the lovers. These pauses are lush with poetic imagery, the visceral pleasure of wind, flowers, horses, grass.
This performance is intense, to say the least. Performances are 8 pm for Sept 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, Oct. 4, 5, 12, 13. And two matinees, Sept 23, 30, Oct. 14, at 3 pm.
For tickets, call 905-372-2210. Opening night is sold out.
Charlie (Josh Lambert) and Mary (Claire Russell) share a romantic waltz before War is announced