Reviewed by Paula Citron
The New Electric Ballroom
Irish Repertory Theatre Company of Canada
Written by Enda Walsh
Directed by Autumn Smith
Performed by Rosemary Dunsmore, Sarah Dodd, Cathy
Murphy and Christopher Stanton
Tarragon Extra Space, Oct. 8 to 24, 2010
MacKenzieRo, Toronto’s Irish Repertory Theatre Company, never disappoints. Their production of Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom is superb.
As befits Walsh, one of Ireland’s most revered writers, the play is a rapturous cascade of dense language and provocative themes. The setting is the claustrophobic environment of a small fishing village.
Rosemary Dunsmore and Sarah Dodd play sisters who are locked in their memories of being young girls who frequented The New Electric Ballroom where bad things happened to them. Their mission is to save their much younger sister, performed
by Cathy Murphy, the same fate by re-enacting those events. In other words, their existence is through storytelling.
Christopher Stanton appears in the pivotal role of the fishmonger Patsy. The acting is top of the line while Autumn Smith directs with a razor sharp touch that pinpoints the drama.
There are only a few days left to catch this exhilarating production.
The New Electric Ballroom continues at Tarragon Extra Space until Oct. 24.