Daniel MacIvor has apparently described this play as a love letter to his therapist, and it certainly protrays the client therapist relationship vividly.
But the play is not really about that – it is about realizing that each of us lives for ourselves and we have to stand on our own. Leda feels guilty about having lived her own life, and not having been a good mother. Is she being punished by her daughter’s conversion ot evangelical Christianity? Or is Ann just living the life she wants?
The mother daughter dynamic is fascinating and well portrayed by Caroline Gillis and Athena Lamarre. Lamarre has fabulous body language – she captures a teenager perfectly – the posture, the shuffeling, the foot scraping are all perfect.
Sarah Dodd as the therapist struggles not to tell the client what to do, when everyone in the audience is having the same urge. “See your daughter” is the message, and ultimately the right message.
Good play, good cast, well worth watching.


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 Communion

  1. Keith says:

    A well-structured play, well produced and performed.Leda and Ann were resolved (sort of) in the play. Carolyn (the therapist) has a life that is hinted at, but not pursued – probably reflecting how a client sees a therapist. Not a problem, but you do wonder about her story.

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