by Paula Citron.
Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company
Written by Martin Sherman
Directed by Diana Leblanc
Starring Lally Cadeau
At the Jane Mallett Theatre until
The inaugural production of the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company may be a modest one, but it very powerful nonetheless. Lally Cadeau stars in the solo show Rose by Martin Sherman which premiered in 1999. The play is a tour-de-force for a strong actor.
Rose is a part of all the vicissitudes of 20th century Jewish history. She lived through the Cossack programs in the Ukraine, the Nazi exterminations, the British blockade of Palestine – just to mention a few of the incidents in her tumultuous life.
Director Diana Leblanc and Cadeau have crafted together an outstanding performance that couches tragic tales in self-deprecating Jewish humour. Phillip Silver’s economical set, costume and lighting design allow Rose to flower in her language.
The second act contains some controversial ideology which will make some people uncomfortable, but Rose is an unforgettable character. At the end, the audience gave Cadeau a well-deserved standing ovation.
Rose continues at the Jane Mallett Theatre until Mar. 29.