by Keith Barker (Native Earth Performing Arts). Struggling after a tragedy, a quartet of sisters and spouses meet a mysterious fox with a curious gift. Previews from Jan 26, opens Jan 29 and runs to Feb 16, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20-$30, previews $15, Tue pwyc.
Barkers play skilfully examines the paradoxical power grief has to push us apart and bring us together. After their sons death, Lucille (Michaela Washburn) and Paul (Kristopher Bowman) have separated, and the play traces the emotional impact this event has on their small community. Along with James Dallas Smith (as Pauls best friend Jim) and Tamara Podemski, the cast evokes the depth and history of the characters. Barkers dexterous telling of a familiar story balances the heartbreaking and comic elements of how we lash out at each other and how reconnecting is both possible but necessary.
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Location - Aki Studio