Trout Stanley

Strange name for a man or a play! I have been searching for words to describe this play and the closest I can come is surreal. The characters are likeable misfits, caught in an odd situation. And yet, there is something that makes them representative of everyone who has felt like an outsider at some point. The humour is broad – I especially love the idea of the stripper/scrabble champion. The cast was good and clearly into the spirit of the show. Katie Lawson as Sugar Duchame has an easier time connecting with the audience, as her part is more sympathetic. Jessica Huras as Grace Ducharme has to overcome the tough broad part to reveal that inside she is actually not as strong as Sugar. Derek Moran was a solid Trout Stanley.

If I were producing this play, I would cut it back to 90 minutes and do it in one act. There is enough repetition to permit this, without losing the spirit of the play and you would then avoid the awkward break for an intermission.

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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 Trout Stanley

  1. Keith says:

    What's it all about, Stanley?Weird and wacky are other words Cathy could use.Trout was the only one who approached realism, Grace and Sugar are just out there.Different costumes and set and you would expect bats and cobwebs.It was amusing, but beyond that, I did not see the point – not really worth 2 hours. Maybe I'd feel better with Cathy's 90 minute suggestion.

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