Ottawa Little Theatre’s production of Marion Bridge runs from March 22nd to April 8th as part of their 104th season. With direction by Chantale Plante, the plot tells the story as three sisters arrive back at their family home to be with their dying mother. I was interested to see the play in the heart of Ottawa’s theatre scene to see the domestic action unfold.
The open space of the stage featured the inner workings of a family home, with dining area, TV area, and sofa. In-between scenes, music played to create an atmosphere of comfort, but also progression – as the fast beat was melodious and consoling. The lighting was also a pinnacle of the play as different shapes and objects were illuminated on the set whilst moving across to give a sense of a sequence of events.
The play itself was a moving domestic scene which was very relatable and easygoing as the family battled the ups and downs of life. Each of the sisters had their own problems to deal with along with dealing with the death of their mother. Amanda Jonz plays Agnes, the sister who battles with an alcohol problem as well as the guilt of giving up her daughter whom she had at a young age. As the play progresses, Agnes becomes determined to reconcile with her daughter and eventually builds a relationship with her. Jonz gives the character a powerful and emotive vibe as the character deals with the stresses of life. Cathy Nobleman as Theresa, the devout religious sister who acts as the guide to the others and keeps them together. Noblemen creates a calm atmosphere and balances Jonz’s drama effectively; her breakdown comes as a shock and is a stirring juxtaposition to the character throughout the rest of the play. Louise is played by Jennifer Scrivens, the reclusive sister battles with her own internal demons during the action as she watches inane television shows. Each of the actors brings something individual to the performance to make it a touching and empathetic performance.
Marion Bridge plays its last performance on 8th April 2017 at the Ottawa Little Theatre.