Christian Laurin and Yanna McIntosh Photo by Bruce Zinger.THIS is truly a state of being…
by Dave Ross
Gibson’s script is deft, with the perfect dose of humour and pain, albeit with the odd bit seeming out of turn with the production.
THIS is a very even play, and not in the negative sense. While the play is described as being the story of Jane (Laura Condlln), a widower still dealing with the death of her husband Roy, it is equally the story of all the other characters as well. Indeed, the structure of the play, built as 10 sequences of events, takes turns highlighting each of the characters, providing each a chance to ask questions of themselves and explore their ‘this.’ While events frequently link back to Jane, the sequences are invariably about the ‘this’ of Alan (Alon Nashman), Marrell (Yanna McIntosh), Tom (Jonathan Young) and to a lesser extent, the catalytic Jean-Pierre (Christian Laurin).