MTC Warehouse (Venue 6), to Saturday
Winnipeg theatre royalty George Toles directs this ghost story penned by Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie. Toles has taken some cues from Alfred Hitchcock, who was also enamoured with the melancholy family drama that explores the changes wrought through generations by death and disappearance.
As a girl, Mary Rose (Jane Walker) vanished for days from a tiny, remote Hebridean island, to her doting parents’ horror. She reappeared, grew up, married a naval officer (Ivan Henwood) and the two were drawn to the island again as young parents, only to experience another inexplicable disappearance, this one permanent.
It’s Mary Rose’s soldier son (Thomas Toles), damaged by the mysterious family tragedy and the First World War, who finds her again.
This is a nuanced, somewhat enigmatic play, performed by some of the city’s best actors. It would be right at home on any of the city’s major stages. It’s Victorian, not edgy, but it’s as solid as they come.
One criticism: Mary Rose is meant to be childlike but comes off a bit insipid, so much so it’s tough to feel much for her ghost, yearning for a baby lost to the years. Her parents, played by the excellent Robert Smith and Jane Burpee, pack the show’s real emotional punch.
— Mary Agnes Welch
From the official Fringe Festival program:
Have you had an Adventure in Time lately? Welcome to Mary Rose. Alfred Hitchcock was obsessed with this chilling ghost play by James M. Barrie (Peter Pan).
Director George Toles (What Happened Was, Shock Corridor) combines Barrie's play with ideas from Hitchcock's several attempts to adapt it.
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 75 MIN
Discount Tickets: $8 for Matinees, Seniors
Under 10 not admitted.
Warnings: Subject Matter