by Paula Citron.
The Mansfield Project
Written by Dean Gilmour, Michele Smith and the Company
Directed by Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith
Starring Dean Gilmour, Michele Smith, Claire Calnan and Adam Paolozza
At Factory Studio Theatre until Apr. 13
The modus operandi of Theatre Smith-Gilmour is well known. Their physical theatre embraces the actors’ bodies creating sound effects, props and situations while playing both narrator and characters.
After eight years of Chekhov as their muse, Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith have now turned their attention to New Zealand-born short story writer Katherine Mansfield who died in 1923. The Mansfield Project adapts four of her delicate stories. Gilmour and Smith are joined by the talented Claire Calnan and Adam Paolozza in performing the play.
They begin in high clown mode portraying two timid maiden sisters, before moving to greater realism being naughty children, dreaming schoolgirls and finally a married couple on a ship. Each successive story brings into sharper relief the dark side of Mansfield.
Once again the production is brilliant, touching and very effective theatre. Mansfield lives and breathes in the hands of Theatre Smith-Gilmour.
The Mansfield Project continues at Factory Studio Theatre until Apr. 13.
Photo credit: David Leyes
(Adam Paolozza, Claire Calnan, David Gilmour, and Michele Smith in The Daughters of the Late Colonel)