- February 04, 2011 - 13:31
(no spoilers) A powerful gripping play that brings the pieces together in the end starts at 8 & (ran til 11:15pm on Thurs) w intermission ~ 9:25. Good idea to sit up front to hear better (row D & E are good seats & you will get a better sense of the play from there –esp w the youngest Nawal who is not always easy to hear due to the emotion in her voice. Breathe easy - you don’t have to pay too much attention to the monks throughout or the non-key characters in the refugee camp or to focus too much on the foreigness of culture in this unnamed land in the grips of conflict (probably based on the author’s native Land Lebanon). Yes, the overall customs & cultural rules are impt – but those are made very evident. It is really about the impact of war & could be anywhere – the current situation in Egypt gives you pause for thought – this could happen anywhere. The key characters & story lines are pretty evident. Esp appreciated the performances of Jill Kennedy as Janine, Darrel Brenton as Simon (the twins), Janet Evans & Patricia Andrews as the middle aged & older Nahwal, Brian Mandville as Antoione & towards the end: Doug Boyce as Fahim, Jerry Dolye as Malak & Todd Perry as Mihad. Good to know that there are 2 actresses playing Sawda (Janine’s friend): Natalie Kalata (1st I guess) & Jamille Rivera – since this could be confusing – even though they call her Sawda. It is smart – even though it is very long. I think Todd Perry’s statement from the program is spot on “a story (that) deeply explores with seriousness & understanding the actions of humanity during very inhumane times”. When you go, look at this from the perspective of the main characters Janine, Simon, Nawal, . . . – look at what happens as Janine & Simon are uncovering answers to a mystery that their mother Nawal could not tell them about – how this changes their opinions & how this is ultimately optimistic in the end – in spite of whatever happened or happens. Well deserved standing ovation on Thurs. If you like a thoughtful story on the human condition & want to admire how actors portray this over a long play - this is the show for you. Thank you Beothuck Street Players.