Manitoba·★★★★ Review

Lantern Town

FOUR STARS The swamp that surrounds Lantern Town is an apt metaphor for the story here. It’s dense and often murky, but there’s a lot going on under the surface.

FOUR STARS | A bittersweet drama about letting go — of friends, of family, of home

Kristian Jordan, Brittany Thiessen, Liam Zarrillo (Make/Shift Theatre / Facebook)

Rating: ★★★★

Company: Make/Shift Theatre, Winnipeg

Genre: Play — Drama 

Venue: 3 — The Playhouse Studio

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The swamp that surrounds Lantern Town, the setting for this new play from local company Make/Shift, is an apt metaphor for the story here. It's dense and often murky, but there's a lot going on under the surface.

Set in an unspecified swampy locale (somewhere in the southern U.S., judging from the somewhat questionable accents), this is a memory play narrated by Esmerelda (Brittany Thiessen). She and her pal Klippe (Liam Zarrillo) grow up hearing tales of a swamp monster called Vinemouth — but it's possible what's really to be feared is closer to home.

It's bittersweet, and a surprisingly mature and well-written piece from such a young company.- Joff Schmidt

The script by Kristian Jordan (who rounds out the cast) is a bittersweet drama about letting go — of friends, of family, of home. It's got a few clichéd strokes (Jordan's pipe chewin', wise old porch-sittin' grandpa is one), but it's a surprisingly mature and well-written piece from such a young company.

Bright lights on the local theatre scene, and a drama worth seeking out.

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