Farther West

I found the first act of this John Murrell play irritating and slow. The use of a boring song, repeated over and over, seemed to have no purpose beyond demonstrating that several of the cast members are singers. But the song did not give them much chance to show off. 

In any case, the second act did not use the song and the pace and my interest both picked up. May Buchanan keeps moving west and finally reaches her inevitable end. Tara Nicodemo was excellent as May, the woman who wants to live life on her own terms, no matter what it costs. Her nemesis, Seward, was well played by Dan Lett, demonstrating the  obsession that  eventually leads to both May’s and his own destruction. Other notable performances were from Kyra Harper as Violet Decarmin, Christine Horne as Nettie McDowell and Matthew MacFadzean as Thomas Shepherd. 

Murrell has written some interesting plays, but this one is weaker that others. The plot is limited and very linear. Maybe the fact that it is based on a try story has reduced the dramatic impact. I would like less reality and more drama.


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 Farther West

  1. keithhpotter says:

    The acting was good in this productiion and I would have been interested in finding out more about May Buchanan, but the play was superficial and didn’t tell me much about the woman, the time or the place.
    The ending was wildly melodramatic – I felt for the actors.

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