Working on an Athol Fugard play is a love/hate relationship: love for his compassion, humor and range of expression; hate for the brutal grace of his insights – his shrewd grasp of our weaknesses and lies, his ability to feel the pulse of our failures and secret guilt, and that sure South African instinct for the betrayal of self, and others. He knows more than most about the messiness of life, and he is a great theater poet of loss and affirmation, so it's both painful and exhilarating to dramatize these qualities.
Set in a boarding house in Port Elizabeth in the early 1960's, this production was blessed with an intrepid cast, led by a luminous Claire Crawford.
Toronto Premiere – (Reopened) The Poor Alex Theatre
“A bold debut…the spirit of a brave new venture glows from it…I thought I’d seen once again what theatre was all about.”
Gordon Voght, CBC Radio
“Auspicious start…bravery backed by intelligence…Director Jon Michaelson is obviously good with actors...Claire Crawford is remarkably attuned to the quick shifts of Millie's fitful mind; her performance is felt, detailed and psychologically accurate. Kevin O'Shea's performance has the feel of indubitable fact.”
Carol Corbeille, the Globe and Mail
Directed by JM
Set Design: Brendan Lynskey
Lighting: Stephen Plotkin
Costumes: Susan Jin Suen
Sound: Clark McCarron
Stage Manager: Cathi Thompson
Executive Producer: Robert Chorney