Tom at the Farm

Michel Marc Bouchard is having an Ontario festival this year, with Stratford doing Christina the Girl King last summer, Shaw doing The Divine this summer and Buddies in Bad Times presenting Tom at the Farm. I am a fan of his plays, so this is a bonus for me!

Tom at the Farm sounds like a nice innocent play, reminiscent of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, but it is anything but a nice family play. Instead it is almost two hours of intense emotion as Tom deals with the fact that his lover’s family were unaware his existence and convinced that he had a girlfriend.

Tom’s descent into farm life and the blood and gore that are part of the life is gruelling to watch, but gripping. He deals with loss and grief, while the lover’s Mother and Brother do the same in their own ways. Macabre is an adjective that comes to mind to describe some of the action in the play, particularly in the interaction between Jeff Lillico (Tom) and Jeff Irving(the brother) but I hesitate to use it because I don’t want to take away from the power of the play.

The audience was mesmerized and sat in silence for long moments at the end until finally erupting into applause.


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 Tom at the Farm

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Gay Goth? Anyway, a dramatic presentation of grief and a horror story as well. I thought it had a very Harold Pinter feel, violence always threatening to breakout.
    Cathy mentioned the male actors, and certainly the main conflict is between the two male roles, but Rosemary Dunsmore as Agathe, the mother, and Christine Horne, the “girlfriend” were also both very good – Horne’s role providing some welcome humour – quite different than her role in Andromache.
    Camellia Koo also contributed a set that matched the atmosphere of the play and had great flexibility; and Eda Holmes, as director, made it all come together.
    A very good show.

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