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HONOUR presented by Women in Theatre through April 18. Click here for more information on the production. I attended the opening Sunday performance.
Peggy Allen is strong as Honor, a woman who is abruptly left by her husband after 30+ years of marriage. Her portrayal through the “stages of grief” is emotionally true and very believable. Dennis Blom did well as Gus, but there were times when the script seemed to get away from him. As Claudia, Patricia Mullins does well with the ambition and self-assured arrogance of the character. At times, her line delivery lacked a bit of spontaneity. I also felt a bit of apprehension by the actors in the scenes where Gus and Claudia are together as a couple. Hannah Rahe’s performance of Sophie immediately reminded me of someone I’ve worked with in the past. The character choices were spot on for the role, I just wanted a bit more vocal variety in your speech.
Directed by Donna Hoffman, the tone and blocking of the show were well done. The re-figuring the set pieces and simple additions of few items worked well for the location changes. There is an old, local, community theatre joke about using a couch center stage, facing the audience, due to sight-line issues. The cast did well in keeping themselves open to the audience when using it. In a couple scenes, when the actors stood in front of, and parallel to the couch, they tended to stay in profile a bit too long. If one actor could pull downstage on the diagonal a bit, it would help.
Despite some limitations of the found performance space, the production is solid and offers an interesting look at love vs. passion.
My rating: 3.5 out of 5
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