Peace River Country

Written by Maria Milisavijevic, directed by Richard Rose, starring Layne Coleman, Janet Laine Greene, Sarah Sherman and Benjamin Sutherland.

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Eighty minutes, no intermission is one of favorite theatre phrases. This play fit the format perfectly. It was just long enough to keep my interest and to make the points it had to make. Anything more would have been too much.

The first half of the play builds your sympathy with the family. Their farm is being polluted, animals are dying, children are not able to play outside, babies are still born. Why is no one ready to listen? Why will the government not do anything. This is a clear case of injustice, made worse when the patriarch is sent to prison for bombing a tool shed, with no opportunity to speak in court.

But as time pasees, the religious fanaticism rises and the sympathy declines. Father returns fom prison more bitter and more convinced that his old testament beliefs must be obeyed. The son points out the new testament alternatives, but is shut down. The family is doomed and society never listens to a real and important message.

An excellent cast, was supported by intersting and effective staging. The use of music was very good and appropriate.

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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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One Response to Peace River Country

  1. keithhpotter says:

    This play was very effectively staged and the Wiebo Ludwig story in a way that seemed even-handed, while “The water’s on fire!” -type descriptions of the pollution challenge were dramatic, they didn’t seem fake.
    I also think it was right to present the family’s response in terms of their religion; it seemed a bit inconsistent at times, but perhaps that’s realistic.

    However, I am not sure what the play adds to anything. Like the earlier play about the research lakes, it rehashes some fairly recent news/history without adding anything more. An Enemy of the People, while a lot older play, seemed more current in its examination of how people react when taking action on an environmental/health problem collides with their financial well being. This one might have been more interesting if we had seen some of the view from the industry, the press and the government.

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