by Daniel MacIvor (Prairie Theatre Exchange/Tarragon). Two Cape Bretoners reunite after 25 years and revisit fun and uncomfortable memories. Previews from Feb 20, opens Feb 27 and runs to Mar 31, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun (and some Sat) 2:30 pm. $22-$60. In the MainSpace.
MacIvors latest is a timely and moving story about Dougie, a Cape Breton native, anxiously anticipating a visit from a childhood friend. Richard Roses clear direction is further amplified by a proficient cast. Stephanie MacDonald as Sandy, Dougies daughter, stands out in particular for her ability to balance grotesque humour with more sober emotional moments. Despite some of the scripts structural shortcomings, MacIvors characters are complex and engaging, resulting in a story with an undeniable emotional resonance that lasts long after curtain call.
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Location - Tarragon Theatre