I came to see Bunny with no expectations, although a fair degree of confidence that Hannah Moscovitch and Maev Beatty would create something worth watching. I had seen the headline in the Stratford Gazette (“Stratford deserves better than this”) but did not read the article until after I saw the play. So it was a shock to find that Hannah Moscovitch had written my story, my life. I grew up thirty years earlier than Bunny, but somehow nothing has changed.
Girls with brains, then and now, are seen as different from other girls. And they are. I like to think that Bunny and I made our own decisions about why we dated and kissed the boys we did, that we were not trying to prove anything to anyone else, but simply doing what we wanted to do. Not just what we were expected to do. Not just what good girls do. What we wanted to do!
The performers were all excellent, but the two women – Maev Beatty (Bunny) and Kristin Pellerin (Maggie) were outstanding. And the audience loved them. The silence at the end of the play, before the ovation began when the lights came up, was clear evidence that all of us thought that Stratford got exactly what it deserves – a great production of a wonderful play by great actors.
The Gazette critic who did not like Bunny, who found her unlikeable, is entitled to his opinion of course. But I cannot help thinking that he did not like Bunny because he does not like women who do what they want!