The first five shows (plus two previews) are done and tonight we head into the final stretch. We had a nice opening week and I am excited to get back onstage this evening. When you spend so much time with people you like you really miss them on the dark day. But it was a much needed dark day as there was a lot of laundry to do!
Opening Night was tonnes of fun with an audience who seemed primed to laugh. It's always interesting to see how different audiences react - some are laughers and some are listeners. This is a play that requires heavy duty listening skills, but it's worth it. Best night for me was Saturday night because my sister was in town all the way from Toronto and she and a friend came and saw it. It has been a long time since she has seen me onstage so I was very happy that she made it out for this one. Plus, she is sharp and a loud laugher so she got a lot of the funny stuff and we were rewarded.
There have been a few reviews so far, and all are (yay!) positive. Here are some links.
From Sound and Noise.
"If you’re able to keep up with the rapid-fire dialogue, this play will have you laughing and leave you thinking."
From St. Albert Gazette.
"...director Janine Waddell Hodder has created a solid production that provides stimulating discussion."
A Personal Blog.
"I thought the play was very funny, and it probably would have been funnier for someone with a more intimate knowledge of the source text. For one thing, the dialogue (some of it possibly a different Molière translation than I’d read, and some of it completely modern) was in the same kind of rhyme and metre used in the source text. The actors – especially Brennan MacGregor who played Alceste – did a great job phrasing the long speeches for sense rather than emphasising the metre."
I hope that people can make it out. This has been a wonderful challenge for me and I would love it if people saw it. Learning the dialogue felt like it does when you are doing Shakespeare and I am very proud of what it is. There are only five shows left and then it's gone...