I am sitting in the Gerrard Art Space, looking at the plywood stage boxes from the second row. I probably shouldn’t take photos during the play. More after the show. Lights are dimming.
Set design and construction: Emerson Doerksen
OK, show’s over and I am impressed and delighted. The Mortar and Pestle production of The Drowning Girls gave me everything I love about live theatre in small venues. The set is ingenious in its simplicity, brought to life, or should I say death, by three talented actors … Melissa Beverage, Danielle LeBlanc and Riley Anne.
I said “death” because the play is about three brides who drowned in their bathtubs, represented on stage by those 3 plywood boxes. I won’t give away more of the plot in case you want to catch one of the remaining performances, February 1st to 3rd at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $20 at the door. Gerrard Art Space
Top: Director Paulina Golborne chats with GAS staffer Samantha at the front table. Bottom: I permitted myself a couple of grab shots at the end, when the women rose from their tubs and left the stage, followed by enthusiastic applause.
The Drowning Girls is a Canadian play, written by Daniela Vlaskalic, Beth Graham and Charlie Tomlinson. I found this particular production thoroughly engaging for the whole 70 minutes. (No intermission) There are only 3 actors, but maybe a dozen characters have speaking parts. Go see how they pull it off.