Company: Ghost Monkey Productions, La Salle, MB
Venue: 4 - Alloway Hall (Manitoba Museum)
The play itself is dated, clichéd fluff, like a secular “Touched By An Angel”- light on god-talk, but heavy on the schmaltz. Worse, this production is clumsy and emotionally flat.
It might take you longer to read
this review than to see this production.
The program promised 45 minutes, but
we hadn't even hit the half hour mark before the lights came up. I was
surprised. But, tellingly, I wasn't unhappy that it was over.
The play itself is dated, clichéd
fluff, like a secular Touched By An Angel - light on god-talk, but heavy on
the schmaltz. Worse, this production is clumsy and emotionally flat.
It opens with a young couple
engaged in a shrill, tedious argument about whether or not he looked at another
woman. Enter Mrs. Moore, the mysterious older woman in gingham; by pleasantly
reminiscing about her dear departed husband, she helps the two young lovers
patch things up. After they skip off into the greenery, she chats with the local
beat cop. And...curtain.
The bright spot in this production is Cynthia
Hiebert-Simkin as Mrs. Moore; she brings a naturalness, authenticity, and even
radiance to a production otherwise marred by implausible acting and heavy-handed
I suspect that it's intended to
be sweet and charming in a golly gee! good-old-days kind of way. Unfortunately,
it never quite gets there. Charm needs a bit of magic, a deftness and lightness
of touch, and this production feels predictable, forced, and plodding - despite