The Stepmother

Thank you Jackie Maxwell for finding and directing these wonderful lost gems. This play stands up very well against contemporary plays that have had more successful performance histories, so you do have to think that a bias against women writers may have had something to do with its lack of performance.
A great cast headed by Claire Julien and Blair Williams, but with very solid support from Marla McLean, Patrick Galligan and the rest of the group. Willams was such a convincing villain that is was hard to resist booing him at the curtain call – in fact some members of the audience could be heard doing so even while they were clapping for his performance, which was superb. Claire Julien gave a very strong and sympathetic performance as Lois. Jennifer Phipps was superb as Charlotte – only to be expected from an actor of her calibre and experience, of course.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to The Stepmother

  1. Keith says:

    Another great play and production – it really is a strong season at Shaw this year. I cannot imagine why this has not been being performed!

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