Reviewed by Paula Citron
Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show
Theatre Passe Muraille/Architect Theatre
Written by the company with Layne Coleman
Directed by Charlotte Corbeil Coleman
Performed by Georgina Beaty, Greg Gale and Jonathan Seinen
Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace
Feb. 3 to 26, 2011
Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show goes back right to the roots of English Canadian theatre. The script was created from scratch through interviews during the ensemble’s three-week stay in Fort Mac.
The cast plays many characters as we get an overview of the town and the tar sands. The point is not to have an agenda, and Highway 63 is certainly fair and honest with the usual mix of humour and poignancy. Director Charlotte Corbeil Coleman keeps things lively.
In order to personalize the show, three characters are given dominance. There is Steve, a reclamation scientist, played by Jonathan Seinen, Chad, a worker from Newfoundland, played by Greg Gale, and Mary a tour guide and wanna be contemporary dancer, played by Georgina Beaty.
My feeling is that too much emphasis is placed on this love triangle, as engaging as these characters are. I wanted more about Fort Mac.
Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show continues at Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace until Feb. 26.