Seventh son of a seventh son, Irishman Francis Hardy, his Scottish wife Grace, and his cockney manager Teddy, each offer a version of their on-their-road lives together, traveling the back counties of Wales, Scotland and Ireland, as Frank presides at a series of miracle working 'one night only' performances.
Four interlocking, densely eloquent monologues - a black rainbow of a play. Always lyric, sometimes funny, often anguished, this haunted/haunting ghost story is one of Brian Friel's masterpieces.
Jonathan Lynn, Claire Crawford, and Anton Percic all gave bold, brave, beautiful performances.
Canadian Premiere - at The Poor Alex Theatre (2 runs)
(plus 'One Night Only' performances at the Irish Canadian Cultural Center*; York Quay Center, Harbourfront; and at Stratford's City Hall.)
“Michaelson and a fine cast have captured Faith Healer's spark. It's a bold experiment.”
Henry Mietkiewicz, Toronto Star
“Excellent…Michaelson structures the pacing and performances for maximum impact. It's not an easy play – it demands some work from the audience. This production rewards the effort.”
Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine
“Each of the four solo scenes is for the most part a tour-de-force in both the writing and the performances.”
The Canadian Tribune
“Unusual..Pulsates with passion, anger, humanity, and wit – sustained throughout by a remarkable cast.”
The New Edition, University of Toronto
“The only reason the 120 or so theatre-goers there that night didn't give the cast - Jonathan Lynn, Claire Crawford, Anton Percic - a standing ovation was that they were quite simply too weak in the knees - washed clean by a performance most drama-lovers only dream about.”
The Bloor West Villager
Directed by JM
Set: David Perlman, and Trish Leeper
Lighting: Stephen Plotkin
Costumes: Lana Tetlock
Sound: Adam Henderson
Cinematography: Peter Williamson
Stage manager: Cathy Thompson
Exective Producer: Robert Chorney
(NB. Underscoring in film clip was added by the filmmaker.)