A troubled psychiatrist vists a convent where she confronts a tough mother superior about examining a disturbed young nun accused of infanticide...
Effectively, John Pielmeir's play was a Gothic psychodrama in the vein of Equus, but it made for a tensely riveting show. Shirley Douglas was a formidable mother superior, and Anna Louise Richardson gave her all as Agnes; but the exquisitely gifted Roberta Maxwell was the real miracle worker here.
Housed in a repurposed Catholic church, the ambience of the Bathurst Street Theatre's stage lent itself well to the proceedings.
Toronto Premiere - at the Bathurst Street Theatre
“What holds one’s interest throughout most of the play is the skill of the Mercury production. Roberta Maxwell is excellent as the obsessive psychiatrist.”
Stephen Godfrey, The Globe & Mail
“Rarely have I seen a production in which the principals are so well matched in their performance. Jon Michaelson’s directing has melded with the intent of the writing to produce a unified organic whole. ‘Agnes’ soars with Mercury.” Toronto Tonight
Directed by JM
Set Design and costumes: Myles Warren
Lighting: Stephen Plotkin
Stage Manager: Sarah Adler
Photography: Bruce Lam
Poster Design: David Wilson
Executive Producer: Morton B. Katz
Anna Louise Richardson