No one in the world is perfect, but many people try to act like it. “Marion Bridge” under the direction of Daniel Maclvor was a play that mirrored this fact. A play of many emotions, is what I like to call this drama.
The play comes to us in the early 2000s in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Three daughters of an elderly woman (Agnes, Theresa, and Louis have completely reunited after years of living separate lives. With past experiences still lingering in the minds of some, things are taking some time to go back to normal. However, the strength of the relationship is tested when both current and past family issues arise. The sisters, have to either settle their differences and make things right or time will break them apart for good.
The acting was nothing short of amazing. Dana Brocke (Agnes), the oldest of the three sisters was surely a great actor. Brocke used her tone and gestures to really pull in the audience. The tone in her voice let you know when she angry happy or sad. The quick movements back and forth of anticipation or the stomping of anger made you want reach out and help her, but you were just an audience member so you had to sit quietly.
Another actor was Sarah Jost (Louise),the youngest of the sisters and the most quiet. Jost really got into character to play that of Louise. Louise who was very socially challenged, not the most outgoing, was a character who wasn’t the easiest but she played the role well. You could feel how awkward every conversation was every time she opened her mouth. Jost did a great job.
Although the acting the acting was great the scenic design wasn’t necessarily the best. The majority of the play takes place in a kitchen, which is fine. Most families have conversations in the kitchen, which is fine. Nonetheless, scenes that were outside of the kitchen looked as if they were still in the kitchen according to the design of the stage. The transitions from one scene to another wouldn’t necessarily change. A chair might be pushed up to the table. The table might be moved back, but every thing would still be. I never saw anything that looked like a bridge or resembled a change of scenery. Good thing the acting took up for the bad staging. Other than the design the play was a drama with a happy ending and was a given a standing novation.