Reviewed by Paula Citron
November 7, 2011
Like the First Time (adapted from Luigi Pirandello’s Come Prima, Meglio di Prima)
One Little Goat Theatre
Written and directed by Adam Seelig
Performed by Cathy Murphy, Andrew Moodie, Dove Mickelson, Elva Mai Hoover an Jessica Salgueiro
Walmer Centre Theatre
Writer/director Adam Seelig’s One Little Goat Theatre is one of Toronto’s most intellectual. The mandate is poetic theatre so the use of language is supreme.
Seelig’s Like the First Time is a reworking of Luigi Pirandello’s 1920 ironic Come Prima, Meglio di Prima which translates as “Like the first, but better than the first”.
Pirandello plays do not come our way often so this production is important. Seelig has reduced the 15 characters to 5, and as always, the ideas are provocative. A depraved woman turns out to be the most moral of anyone.
That’s the good news. The bad is the mannered, one dimensional performance of Andrew Moodie. As well, Cathy Murphy is a wonderful actress but her voice is high pitched. If one actor is off, Murphy’s pitch is brought into greater relief.
Happily, Dov Mickelson, Elva Mai Hoover and newcomer Jessica Salgueiro give fine performances.
Like the First Time continues at the Walmer Centre Theatre until Nov. 13.
I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for THE NEW CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.