Freda and Jem’s Best of the Week

Inspired by her experience working with Judith Thompson on Body and Soul, Lois Fine has written her own play about the family experience when two lesbians decide to get a divorce. The kids react exactly as kids do. The women are unhappy. There is fighting and name calling.  And eventually, everyone moves on. And the audience goes home knowing that families are families, no matter how they are constituted.

Lois managed to attract some great talent to this show, both on stage and back stage. Lorraine Segato played and sang on stage. Judith Thompson directed. Camellia Koo designed the very effective set.

Diane Flacks was excellent as Freda, as was Kathryn Haggis as Jem. Stephen Joffe, a 2012 graduate of the National Theatre school, played TeeJay and is a talent to watch for. Sadie Epstein-Fine , Lois’s daughter played Sam with suitable teenaged angst and drama.

It was an odd experience to watch the play sitting with Lois and her ex partner, Rachel Epstein, given there were so many autobiographical elements to the play. But it was a play worth watching.

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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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