Wednesday, September 12, 2012
An Evening with The Queen... Mary, Queen of Scots, that is...
I like plays like this that make me think. This certainly challenged what I thought about Mary, Queen of Scots, but to be fair, I mostly know about her from the Phillipa Gregory books and Gregory's Mary is quite a bit different than Loiselle's. It was interesting to think about Mary as a person, as opposed to a political figure. Of course, as soon as I get home I had to google her and spent about an hour looking up stuff on Wikipedia. But I like that. I like a show that sticks with me and pushes me further. My companion and I did have a wee chat about the accents, as Mary does not have one. We figured the choice to not have a defined regional accent was for two reasons - first, what accent to use since Mary was raised in France but many might expect Scottish, but then what would that sound like; second, to make Mary more humanized, as this was a personal story not a historical one, the lack of regional accent made you connect more with the person. At least, that's what we decided. I don't know if that's why they made that choice.
Anyhow, it's a good show. If you like that period, or if you like well-directed and well-designed shows with two strong female actors, or if you enjoy seeing new work, or if you like to be challenged... lots of reasons to check it out.
* Photo by Marc J Chalifoux Photography
* This marks show #42 of my 2012 Theatre Goal