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If you like your theatre ‘fluffy’, don’t come to this

February 19, 2013

If you like your theatre ‘fluffy’, don’t come to this production of Agnes of God. But if you like to feel and think, be challenged, and experience the emotion of great theatre, you have to see it. I saw a run-through of the show on Sunday, in a big hall fitted out with a table, a couple of chairs and a practice stage. No-one was in costume. There were only the three performers acting their hearts out. This is a powerful story but it is the performances that are going to mesmerize you. It brought tears to my eyes and the rawness of the performances still resonates today.

A mysterious birth centres the play and the three characters each approach the reality and unreality of the situation from their own perspective. The play deals with religious themes but it is much more than a religious play. It explores loss and love, truths unveiled and hidden, innocence and guilt, trust and betrayal. The characters duel over faith and science and the uncertainties of their own beliefs. Each character has to come face to face with her past and wrestle with its implications in her life. It is impossible not to be drawn in and tossed and turned like a toy boat on an open sea by the performances of the three wonderful actors, Becky Hachey (with the added delight of beautiful vocals), Nancy Ebert and Laine Henderson.

Directed by Wendy Bollard and presented by Peninsula Productions, this play by John Pielmeier was also a feature film in 1985 with actress Jane Fonda playing a court-appointed psychiatrist, Anne Bancroft playing the Mother Superior and Meg Tilly the novitiate nun. The film was nominated for numerous awards and Meg Tilly won for best supporting actress. Agnes of God never fails to stir controversy. But controversy is good for us. You won’t fail to be moved by it. I would love to know what you think of it so let me know!

The play runs at the Coast Capital Theatre in White Rock from February 28th to March 9th (Wednesday to Saturday), all performances are at 8:00 p.m. There is also a matinée at 2:30 p.m. on March 3rd. Tickets are $18 for students and seniors, $23 for adults and can be obtained at the Coast Capital Theatre at 1532 Johnston Road White Rock BC, or through . Note that this is an adult show. It is not suitable for children.

Please come back to visit.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Scott permalink
    February 20, 2013 9:47 am

    Definitely planning on attending this!

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