by Paula Citron
Halifax’s 2b Theatre’s production of Revisited was created by director Christian Barry and actors Steven McCarthy and Michelle Monteith. It is a clever title because the play revisits Thornton Wilder’s Our Town with nods to other early American writers like Willa Cather, Walt Whitman and Edgar Lee Masters.
The audience of 28 sits around a large table which represents community. Actors McCarthy and Monteith move around us and amongst us as they tell their tale of a small town and the ordinary people who live there. McCarthy is both the narrator and all the characters, except for Monteith’s Lucy, the young heroine. The shared intimacy with the actors is what makes this play so special.
The minute details of Richard Feren’s sound score are outstanding, while the lighting, presumably by director Barry, is pin spot precision. The use of props is totally imaginative.
Revisited is a gentle, thoughtful and beautiful show and continues until Apr. 19.
From Harbourfront’s Brigantine Room, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.