Review: SISTERS, The Warm Embrace (from the Wee Festival)

by Lynn on May 14, 2018

in The Passionate Playgoer

At the Wychwood Barnes, Toronto, Ont.

Concept and directed by Véronique Côté

Set by Erica Schmitz

Cast: Marie-Josée Bastien and Marianne Morrow

Sisters, one happy, one grumpy. The happy sister comes to visit her grumpy sister but finds the house all tied up with red string that makes entering and moving around a bit difficult.  The happy sister managers to solve this knotty problem. She has a lovely bouquet of flowers for her sister but her grumpy sister is not cheered. She’s too cold, unhappy, doesn’t want to eat and would like to eat a cloud.

The two performers are inventive and creative with their many props. Houses are cut out of slices of bread. Flowers grow by magic. The beauty of a flower is celebrated as flowers fly by on a clothes line. In her effort to cheer her sister the jolly sister asked the unhappy one what the word “sister” meant. The unhappy one said, “half a cookie.” What a wonderful image for sharing.  Loved that.

I thought that at 40 minutes the show seemed a bit too long and perhaps the slow pace might have added to that sense. Still the performers have lovely charm.

Presented by Théâtre des Confettes, Quebec.

May 15 (in English) this is the only performance that has ticket for the public.

May 16, 17 (French) Sold Out.

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