The Devil We Know

Our first visit to the Blyth Festival happened to be for the last performance of the season! A pity since it was well worth seeing and made me wish we had caught some of the earlier  productions. We will have to do  better next year.

Twin sisters share a room, but have very different lives. One is crippled with polio and remains at home with Anne of Green Gables. The other goes to school and brings back the news. By virtue of her physical abilities, she takes over making decisions for both of them, never thinking that her crippled sister might have a different opinion. The two of them are forced to work together when confronted with a desperate  murderer, looking for gold rumoured to be hidden in their house. The play is well crafted  and well acted. The actors were all  new to me, although I have probably seen Tony Munch in something. ( Interesting side note – he is married to Catherine Fitch, who was in the audience and whom we had just seen the evening before in Slings and Arrows, where she plays the stage manager.)

The play was written by the husband and wife team Cheryl Foggo and Clem Martini, both award winning writers worth watching for.


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 Devil We Know

  1. Keith Potter says:

    “The Devil We Know” of the title refers to a murder being carried out by a member of the community, rather than by “The Devil”. There is a reference to this in the play, but it is really about the sisters. While a bit of a melodrama, the play was better structured than quite a few things we see presented as finished products.
    Initially I found Meghan Swaby as Verna, the sister without polio, rather one-note: everything was a shout. However, this settled down in the second act and I found the performances ofTiffany Martin and Tony Munch fine throughout.
    The Blythe theatre is quite a comfortable little theatre – although our long-legged sons might not agree – and Blythe seems a pleasant little town.

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