Brian Friel manages to write Irish plays that even Keith enjoys. This is one of them. We saw a great production at Soul Pepper a few years ago and wondered how it would be to see it again? Could it ever have the impact of the first production?
It could and it did. Jim Mezon as Frank, Corinne Koslo as Grace and Peter Krantz as Teddy deliver outstanding performances if that is the right word, given that each has a long monologue to deliver, with no response from anyone but the audience. they were gripping and intense.
The woman behind me complained at intermission that she “did not understand why anyone would write plays like this, as she wanted to be entertained when she went to the theatre”. But she was alone in her view, as the audience were mesmerized and delivered a heartfelt standing ovation. (She should have gone to Enchanted April – much more her style!)