If you know Daniel MacIvor's postmodern, sometimes surreal works like In On It, Jump and Never Swim Alone, you'll be surprised by the style of his 1998 play Marion Bridge, which has yet to be professionally produced in Toronto. The Graduate Centre for Study of Drama's version, directed by Alexandra Prichard, gives a theatrical sharpness to what often appears -- apart from the occasional monologue spoken to the audience -- to be a realistic drama.
Set in a Nova Scotia household where three sisters gather to await their mother's impending death, the piece captures the sibling angers, tensions and misunderstandings that have lurked in the family for decades. The best work comes from Joanne Mitchell as Theresa, the farming nun and middle sister, a soft-spoken, tightly wound peacemaker in a difficult family. See listings for details.