Darcy Gerhart (photo Maxime Côté)
A Dance With Time
by Caitlin Murphy
The humour is most successful when it’s off-the-cuff and unconscious – accidental insights into life’s confusing ironies.
In many ways, the thematic territory here is well-trod: generations of women report on and connect through that brand of uniquely female malaise: burnt dreams, frustrated ambitions, unplanned pregnancies, the distracting comfort of vices. In each time period – from the 50’s until present day – the women’s problems are both different and unchanged. Pat sold Tupperware, Holly hustles for Avon. Gender expectations are always dramatically shaping, sometimes determining, women’s lives. That said, Stong navigates this familiar territory with energy, grace, and insight.