Bethune Imagined

Not one of our favorites this year. We would have stayed through the whole thing if it had been a no intermission event, but the thought of hanging around for 15 minutes to sit through more was just not appealing. It was Friday evening, I was tired and we went home.

So what was wrong? not the actors, who all seemed quite competent. The staging was interesting. But the dialogue just did not work. Everyone was making a speech, not having a conversation. Only George Bernard Shaw can get away with that (and even he can’t always) because his characters are expressing a point of view on a political issue. These characters were talking to each other about quite intimate subjects like sex and relationships> Occasionally one (usually Bethune slid into a rant about some political issue, but not for long and not coherently enough to make a point.

YOu have to suspect that if another author had presented this to Ken Gass, he would have sent it back for a re-write, but since he wrote it, it slipped through.


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 Bethune Imagined

  1. Keith says:

    Well, first, the GBS comparison was mine – I at least want a footnote next time.Anyway, I basically agree on this one. You had to wonder why they bothered. There didn't seem to be character development or painting of the era, and we did not see much about why Bethune became what he did.Oh, well.

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