This imaginative version of the city mouse/country mouse fable has a seemingly more sophisticated farmer rooking in his more innocent neighbour into participating in an ill-conceived remake of Woodstock on his parents’ farm. Bob, the feckless son of corn farmers, agrees, hoping to keep the farm going. This play succeeds well enough to be one of the finalists for the Harry Rintoul Award, no mean feat in a year with a bumper crop of great locally written plays (sorry about that pun; couldn’t resist).
Chelsey Grewar wrote this play and portrays multiple characters. Matthew Paris-Irvine plays the innocent but game Bob. The production I saw on the final Friday scored big with a large audience. I suspect that I might be a bit too old for the play to have maximum effect, or perhaps I was a bit tired after seeing too many other shows, but I wasn’t swept along. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t think Grewar’s characterizations were sharp enough, and the pace seemed a bit slow for the material. It’s entirely possible, though, that I missed some clues along the way.
Venue 2 — MTC Up the Alley
Warnings: Coarse language, sexual content